Acting Interior Minister: Selection of NRC members will be done transparently

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BANGKOK, 13 August 2014  – The permanent secretary for Interior Ministry says the selection of the National Reform Council (NRC) members will be prudent and free of lobbying. 

In his capacity as acting Interior Minister, permanent secretary for Interior Wiboon Sanguanpong gave a strong assurance to the public that the NRC selection process will be conducted transparently and without bias or favoritism, adding that he had ordered all 76 provincial governors and responsible committee to thoroughly check the qualifications of each candidate before forwarding the list to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

The National Reform Council is to consist of 250 members, who will be appointed by His Majesty the King, upon the advice of the NCPO. The King will then appoint one member of the National Reform Council as its President and no more than two as its Vice Presidents, upon the resolution of the National Reform Council.

Members of the Reform Council will be tasked with giving suggestions and guidelines for national reform in various areas to the National Legislative Assembly, the Cabinet, the NCPO, the Constitution Drafting Committee, and other relevant agencies. They will also be granted the power to approve of the new permanent constitution, which includes an election system with effective mechanisms to prevent fraud and corruption.

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