YANGON (dpa) – Myanmar’s lower house on Friday voted against adopting proportional representation for next year’s general election, saying it would be against the constitution.
The decision leaves in place the current first-past-the-post system for the lower house.
The upper house will adopt proportional representation in the coming polls, parliament decided in May.
Friday’s parliament vote was in line with earlier comments by the constitutional court, which said all the versions of proportional representation for the lower house put forward were incompatible with the charter drawn up in 2008 by the then ruling junta.
The main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, and an alliance of 20 ethnic parties had also said it was not the right time for proportional representation.
Under the current system, the winning candidate in each constituency gets a seat in parliament.
Proportional representation would apportion legislative seats to each party based on the total number of votes received nationwide.
The government argued that the change would provide more opportunities for smaller parties.
The election is due in November or December 2015.