YANGON, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's parliament speaker U Shwe Mann has expressed preference of constitution amendment to redrawing, calling for abiding by the already-promulgated 2008 constitution for the time being, state media reported Friday.
U Shwe Mann made the remarks when meeting Yangon region's township administration involving municipal authorities and political parties.
He warned of encountering undesirable issues if the constitution is redrawn, saying that it is only to amend those required for amendment and change those needed to change without redrawing the constitution as a whole.
He stressed that the amendment should be made under the framework of the principles in the interest of the nation and the parliament will support the amendment so long as it will contribute to peace and stability to the country.
He urged to go ahead with the constitution amendment process without fear despite difficulties.
In March, both Myanmar parliament speaker U Shwe Mann and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi agreed on the need for amending the 2008 constitution ahead of 2015 general election.
They revealed their stance following the end of the 9th parliament session.
U Shwe Mann, who is Chairman of the ruling party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), stressed that the constitution amendment should be done without affecting the unity, peace and national reconciliation, while Aung San Suu Kyi, who is chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Chairperson of the Lower House's Committee for Rule of Law and Tranquillity, emphasized that the move is necessary for rule of law and eternal peace.
Meanwhile, Both USDP and NLD have disclosed that the parties will run the upcoming second by-election in all 30 vacant constituencies for open parliamentary seats.
The by-election is expected to be held before the end of this year.
Myanmar last held its general election on Nov. 7, 2010, when the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) won the majority votes with its Chairman U Thein Sein elected as the country's president to lead the civilian government after five decades' military rule.
On April 1, 2012 , the first by-election was held, in which the opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won 43 out of 45 then open parliamentary seats with its chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi occupying a seat of House of Representatives (Lower House).