Union Election Commission PUTS ON Ministry of Immigration and Population TO DECIDE ON WHITE CARDS VOTING RIGHT

WHITE CARDS

It is up to the Ministry of Immigration and Population—and not the Union Election Commission—to decide whether or not holders of white, temporary citizenship cards should be allowed to vote in the 2015 election, UEC chairperson Tin Aye said on the weekend.

“It is still too early to say [whether white-card holders can or cannot vote in the election]. We need to discuss the issue further,” he told a group of journalists at the Inya Lake Hotel Yangon on September 14.

The UEC chairperson was asked to clarify remarks on June 29 by Minister of Immigration and Population Khin Yi, who told a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw that the question of whether or not white-card holders can vote in 2015 depends on the UEC.

Tin Aye said that the UEC has no mandate to decide who can vote but simply follows the rules and instructions of the legislative parliament and the respective ministry on this question.

“The commission needs to act upon the decision of the respective ministry. If the ministry says that white-card holders can vote, the commission must accept their votes. The commission does not have authority over it. The commission is just the election organizer,” he said.

“Parliament makes the law. If the parliament approves the right of white-card holders to vote, then they can vote. So, whether or not they can vote depends on what kind of law is in place. We will act in accordance with the laws. Only then will it be a free and fair election.”

Tin Aye added that those who believe it is within the jurisdiction of the UEC to decide whether or not white-card holders can vote need to read the laws again.

With what criteria did the ministry issue over 500,000 White Cards (temporary national registration cards) for Bengalis in 2010?

Two state-run Myanmar newspapers, the Myanmar Alin and the Mirror accused the Daily Eleven Newspaper in their June 18 editions for publishing an erroneous story about government plans to amend the 1982 citizenship law. The Daily Eleven headline published on June 13 was titled: “The government plans to amend the 1982 Myanmar Citizenship Law and submit it to Parliament but most Union Assembly representatives oppose it.”

In response to the accusation, the Daily Eleven showed its stance, strongly rejecting the false allegations in the June 19 edition.

However, the Ministry of Immigration and Population made a clarification again in the state-run newspapers on June 21. The Daily Eleven therefore made the following clarification.

The Daily Eleven has precisely clarified that the news published on June 13 was based on strong and credible sources.

In the first clarification, the Daily Eleven quoted the original wording of Minister Khin Yi as saying that plans are underway to early amend some words, usages and fines prescribed in the 1982 Myanmar Citizenship Law because these points are not appropriate with the current age.” The minister revealed the plans during a Parliamentary session held on November 6, 2012. Therefore, everyone with the knowledge of journalism will know that it is not necessary to ask again.

The ministry also stated in its clarification that reporters from the Daily Eleven failed to get confirmation from the ministry whether or not it is planning to amend and submit the law to Parliament. The Daily Eleven has already mentioned that the news was based on strong and credible sources, including the secretary of the Lower House Joint-Bill Committee.

All have been known that there are some difficulties in getting government sources, including those from some ministries. But the Daily Eleven is grateful to the ministry for opening up ways to ask questions.

As the Daily Eleven did not get confirmation from the ministry as stated in the June 18 editions of the state-owned newspapers, we contacted a high-ranking official on June 19 to reconfirm the minister’s clarification made in Parliament. He replied: “All the details about it are in the newspaper”. He also warned that we do not feature such kind of news again. So, the Daily Eleven kept silent in line with the code of ethics.

In its clarification, the ministry said the media should get confirmations from respective ministries/organizations regarding the news coverage in accord with the points described in the first paragraph of Code of Ethics of Myanmar Press Council (Temporary). However, such points are not clearly stated in the code of ethics. It only states that media must ensure every news item is correct in facts and data and assess them as much as possible.

The Daily Eleven therefore made this clarification that the government’s accusation was wrong because reconfirmation had been made from the ministry on June 19.

Later on, the Daily Eleven will officially ask for sources from ministries about public criticisms and rumours such as bribery and corruption in government ministries and organizations, assets of cabinet members, inappropriate acts of their children and abuse of power. If there is no reply, the Daily Eleven newspaper will feature what questions it has been asked. Moreover, it will carry the questions that the public should know and shoot them directly to government ministries and organizations with a view to helping eliminate corruption and highlight the government’s effort for change and transparency.
The Daily Eleven hereby asks some questions from the Ministry of Immigration and Population:

With what criteria did the ministry issue over 500,000 White Cards (temporary national registration cards) for Bengalis in 2010? Was there any assessment over the citizenship rights in line with 1982 Myanmar citizenship law?

With what decree and limitations did the ministry issue the White Cards, through which votes could be cast in elections according to Section 6 of Lowe House Election Law passed in March, 2010?

As the guest citizens and those holding White Cards had the equal voting of right of a national citizen, millions of eligible voters lost their voting right at that time. If that law continues to exist till 2015, the 1982 citizenship law will be nothing more than a torn paper.

How will the ministry mainly responsible for the issuance of the White Cards address the issue of Rohingya or Bengali?

For Immigration and Population Minister Khin Yi, who was the second most responsible official in the Home Affairs Ministry, does he have plans to legalize the White Cards or give the voting right to the Bengalis or regard them as citizens? This question is more important than whether the 1982 citizenship law will be amended or not.
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14 suspected illegal Bengali immigrants arrested in Yangon

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Fourteen Bengalis have been captured on Saturday near Mingalardon Township in Yangon Region on suspicion of entering the country illegally while two remains at large, according to the North District Police Force.

Police were called to Thitseitkone ward, Thingankyunkyi village at 3:30 am to reports of suspected illegal Bengalis seen on Malikha Road.

“The police went there to investigate as soon as they received the reports and found that a Super Custom vehicle carrying the [suspected] illegal Bengalis went inside a compound on Malikha Road. They were able to capture 14 male Bengalis, but are still searching for the remaining two female Bengalis who fled the scene with the Super Custom vehicle,” said Lieutenant Colonel Soe Myint, chief of the North District Police Force.

The suspected immigrants are currently in custody at Mingalardon Police Station and will be charged in accordance with the immigration law.

“Illegal Bengalis have been frequently found during the inspections as they try to enter the country. The staffs from various departments who are on duty at the inspection gates should make detail inspections. In some cases, [the illegal Bengalis] were able to pass through many gates before they were captured after getting reports from the public. Some of the illegal Bengalis avoid the inspection gates and take cross-country paths so we will conduct more inspections,” said Than Naing Tun, office chief of the Ministry of Immigration and Population.

“[The suspected illegal Bengalis] were between the ages of twelve and twenty-one. They travelled from Rakhine State to Magway with two Pajaro vehicles. They switched the cars to Super Custom before travelling to Nay Pyi Taw,” said Zaw Win Thant, administrator of Thingankyunkyi village.

Tin Win, border affairs and security minster of Yangon regional government, said the police are investigating the linkages of the case.

 

PRESIDENT OFFICE MYANMAR: Coordination meeting for implementation of Visa Policy in Myanmar held

Smooth issuance of visa to foreigners is crucial as Myanmar will take ASEAN Chairmanship in 2014,” said Vice-President U Nyan Tun at a coordination meeting for implementation of Visa Policy in Myanmar, at the Ministry of Immigration and Population, here, this afternoon.

The Union Government has designated Ministry of Immigration and Population as focal ministry. Myanmar issues six kinds of visa to foreigners. Visa on Arrival has been granted for citizens from 50 countries till now.

The Vice-President called for a change in visa system of the country, restating the instructions of the President on cooperation between the Immigration and Population Ministry and personnel concerned on border security, foreign relations, and border trade.

He stressed the need for systematic tracking of disobedient foreigners to preserve the national cultural characteristics and protect the sovereignty of the State as well as the simple and systematic visa procedures for foreign technicians and tourists that can help improve economic performance of the country.

He invited recommendations from various aspects of those present.

Union Minister U Khin Yi then explained plans for adoption of visa policy, followed by colourful suggestions of those present.

Then the meeting came to an end with concluding remarks of the Vice-President. The coordination meeting was also attended by Union Ministers Lt-Gen Ko Ko, U Wunna Maung Lwin and U Tin Naing Thein and officials.

ေရႊတံခါးမွဴး Ministry of Immigration and Population

“၁၂။ ႏိုင္ငံသားျဖစ္မႈသည္ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အခ်ဳပ္အခ်ာအာဏာ၏ အစိတ္အပိုင္းတစ္ရပ္သာျဖစ္ပါသည္။ သို႔ပါ၍ အခ်က္အလက္မျပည့္စံုပါက လိုအပ္သည့့္အခ်ိန္ရယူရပါေၾကာင္း ႀကိဳတင္အသိေပးအပ္ပါသည္။”

 

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ျပည္သူလူထုထံ အသိေပးအေၾကာင္းၾကားျခင္း
၁။ ေမြးရာပါႏိုင္ငံသားမ်ားအတြက္ မိုးပြင့္စီမံခ်က္မ်ားျဖင့္ ႏိုင္ငံသားစိစစ္ေရးကတ္ျပားမ်ားအား ေျဖေလွ်ာ့ျခင္းမ်ားျပဳလုပ္၍ၽႏိုင္ငံတစ္၀န္းကြင္းဆင္းေနပါသည္။
၂။ (၁-၇-၂၀၁၁) ရက္ေန႕မွ (၁၅-၁-၂၀၁၃)ရက္ေနကအထိ ႏိုင္ငံသားစိစစ္ေရးကတ္ေပါင္း ၃၀၇၉၀၉၄ ထုတ္ေပးျပီးျဖစ္ပါသည္။
၃။ မိုးပြင့္အဆင့္(၅) အား(၁-၄-၂၀၁၃) ရက္ေန႕တြင္ ျပန္လည္စတင္မည္ျဖစ္ျပီး၊ ႏွစ္လ ကြင္းဆင္း ၊ ႏွစ္လျမိဳ႕နယ္ရံုးတြင္ေဆာင္ရြက္ေပးမည့္စနစ္ျဖင့္ စဥ္ဆက္မျပတ္ေဆာင္ရြက္သြားပါမည္။
၄။ ေသြးေႏွာျပည္သူမ်ားအတြက္ အေျခခံမွတ္တမ္းျဖင့္ တိုက္ဆိုင္စိစစ္ရန္လိုအပ္ခ်က္အရ ျမိဳနယ္ရံုးမ်ားတြင္သာေဆာင္ရြက္လ်က္ရွိပါသည္။
၅။ ႏိုင္ငံသားစိစစ္ေရးကတ္အတြက္ အမ်ားဆံုး၂၈ ရက္၊ ကတ္အသစ္ျပဳလုပ္မွဳ( ၆ )က်ပ္၊ လဲလွယ္မွဳအတြက္(၃) က်ပ္၊မိတၱဴျပဳလုပ္မွဳအတြက္ (၁၀)က်ပ္ႏွင့္ အိမ္ေထာင္စုစရင္း(ေနခ်င္းျပီး အခမဲ့) ေဆာင္ရြက္ေပးေနပါသည္။
၆။ ျပည္သူမ်ားဘက္မွလိုအပ္ခ်က္မွာ ဓါတ္ပံု(၃)ပံု၊ ေသြးစစ္ခ်က္၊အိမ္ေထာင္စုစရင္းမိတၱဴ ၊ မိဘႏွစ္ပါး၏ကိုင္ေဆာင္လက္မွတ္မိတၱဴ၊ ရဲစခန္းႏွင့္ရက္ကြက္/ေက်းရြာအုပ္စု အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမွဴး ေထာက္ခံခ်က္တို႕ျဖစ္ျပီး ၄င္းတို႕အတြက္ကုန္က်စရိတ္မ်ားသည္ ဌာနသို႕ေပးသြင္းရျခင္းမဟုတ္ဘဲ ျပင္ပသို႕ေပးေခ်ရသည့္ ကုန္က်စရိတ္မ်ားသာျဖစ္၍ ေရာေထြးမမွတ္ယူေစလိုပါ။
၇။ ႏိုင္ငံတကာအလွဴရွင္မ်ား၏ပူေပါင္းကူညီမွဳျဖင့္ (၁၁-၆-၂၀၁၂) ရက္ေန႕မွစ၍ ကရင္ျပည္နယ္တစ္ခုလံုးအတြက္ ကိုယ္စီလိုအပ္ခ်က္မ်ားအပါအ၀င္ ကတ္ျပားထုတ္ေပးျပီးသည္အထိ One Stop Service ျဖင့္(အခမဲ့) ကြင္းဆင္းေဆာင္ရြက္ေပးေနပါသည္။
၈။ ၂၀၁၃ခုႏွစ္၊ မတ္လ ၁ ရက္ေန႕မွစ၍ ႏိုင္ငံတကာပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္မွဳျဖင့္ ကယားျပည္နယ္ (၈)ၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ တနသၤာရီတုိင္းေဒသႀကီး (၁၀) ၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ ပဲခူးတိုင္းေဒသႀကီး (ေက်ာက္ႀကီးၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ MPS၊ စီမံကိန္းနယ္ေျမ) ပအိုး၀္ ကိုယ္ပိုင္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ခြင့္ရေဒသ (၃)ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ႏွင့္ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ခြဲ (၂) ခု၊ မြန္ျပည္နယ္ (၇) ၿမိဳ႕နယ္တြင္လည္း One Stop Service ျဖင့္ အခမဲ့ကြင္းဆင္းေဆာင္ရြက္ေပးသြားပါမည္။
၉။ ၾကားပြဲစားလံုး၀ မလို (မလို)ပါ။ ၀ိုင္း၀န္းသတင္းေပးေဖာ္ထုတ္ေပးေစလိုပါသည္။
၁၀။ အေသးစိတ္သိရွိလိုပါက သက္ဆိုင္ရာၿမိဳ႕နယ္ရံုးမ်ားတြင္ စံုစမ္းေမးျမန္းႏိုင္ပါသည္။
၁၁။ ေက်နပ္မရွိပါက ေနျပည္ေတာ္ဦးစီ (ရံုးခ်ဳပ္) သို႕လူကိုယ္တုိင္ျဖစ္ေစ၊ ျပန္လည္ရွင္းလင္းေပးႏိုင္ရန္ တိုင္ၾကားသူ၏ လိပ္စာအျပည့္အစံုျဖင့္ ဖုန္းနံပါတ္ ၀၆၇-၄၃၁၀၁၆ ႏွင့္ ၀၆၇-၄၃၁၀၄၄ သို႕ျဖစ္ေစ တိုက္ရိုက္တိုင္ၾကားႏိုင္ပါသည္။အၾကံျပဳခ်က္္မ်ားကိုေလးစားစြာလက္ခံပါမည္။
၁၂။ ႏိုင္ငံသားျဖစ္မွဳသည္ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အခ်ဳပ္ျခာအာဏာ၏ အစိတ္အပိုင္းတစ္ရပ္သာျဖစ္ပါသည္။ သို႕ပါ၍ အခ်က္အလက္မျပည့္စံုပါက လိုအပ္သည့့္အခ်ိန္ရယူရပါေၾကာင္း ႀကိဳတင္အသိေပးအပ္ပါသည္။