More than 99 percent of 20,000 Rangoon voters who participated in the National League for Democracy’s (NLD’s) recent opinion poll on constitutional reform said they are in favour of amending the constitution, the Burmese opposition party announced on Sunday.
According to the NLD, only 120 of people who took part in the survey across the region of Rangoon division said they favoured rewriting the constitution from scratch.
The NLD, led by Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, said it began conducting opinion polls in various regions across the country in October and that the road tour included speeches and seminars aimed at educating the public about the pros and cons of the 2008 constitution. Leading NLD officials Tin Oo and lawyers Ko Ni and Kyaw Ho headed the delegation.
Tin Oo reportedly addressed crowds in many cities where he said that the 2008 constitution was “flawed” and that the NLD had objected to it since it has been drafted.
The NLD said it aims to present its findings to the parliamentary Joint Committee for Reviewing the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Burma in mid-December.
The joint-committee previously set a deadline of 15 November to submit recommendations but recently announced it had extended the date until 31 December.