CDC Spokesman believes charter drafting to finish on time

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BANGKOK, 4 June 2015 – Spokesperson for the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) Kamnoon Sitthisamarn is adamant that the draft charter will be completed as scheduled despite the holding of a public referendum.

Mr Kamnoon revealed there have been speculations that the amendment of the 2014 interim charter to pave the way for a public referendum would cause a 30-day delay in the CDC’s work. In response, he expressed hope that such a delay would not occur, assuring that the new permanent constitution could be finished within the original timeframe specified by the roadmap.

As for the proposed incorporation of details pertaining to national reform into organic laws instead, Mr Kamnoon admitted no consensus has been reached on the matter as some of the members still view reform as an integral part of the new constitution.

The spokesperson also commented on the CDC’s retreat during June 22-July 3 in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, saying the event might need to be rescheduled to mid-July and the number of days to be spent on holding seminars might be cut down. Nonetheless, he affirmed CDC members are not feeling pressured by the responsibility at hand and will continue to put in their best efforts.