Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has hailed the massive show of support for her party’s constitutional reform petition as unprecedented in Myanmar history.

The National League for Democracy said almost 5 million people signed the petition, which calls for the removal of the military’s veto on constitutional change through amendments to section 436 and ran from May 27 to July 19.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said the large number of signatures meant the petition had hit its target.

“I dare say that there has never been a case such as this, where 5 million people supported a movement out of their own free will. This is [the] first time in our country’s history,” she told reporters in Nay Pyi Taw.

She also responded to critics who said the number of signatures was low compared to that of voters for the constitution at a referendum in 2008, saying that the petition was conducted transparently because the NLD does not employ the “stealth” tactics used by its opponents.

Those who signed the petition had to provide extensive biographical data, including their National Registration Card number. She said this meant that many civil servants had been unable to sign it because ministers had threatened to take action against them if they did. In one case, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation reportedly issued memos to its staff warning them not to attend NLD rallies in Nay Pyi Taw or sign the petition.

Translation by Zar Zar Soe

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