Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms referendum act allows public opinion


BANGKOK – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised today that the Public Referendum Act, B.E. 2559, does not prevent anyone from having their say on the draft constitution.


Responding to foreign diplomats’ concerns about freedom of expression in Thailand, Foreign Ministry spokesman and Director-General of the Department of Information, Sek Wannamethee said the referendum act both supports and welcomes opinions about the draft constitution from all sides.

He said the government as well as the Foreign Ministry had always been open to different viewpoints and have continually collected opinions on the draft, the referendum, the reform process, and anything related to these issues.

He went on to say that the drafting of the permanent constitution and the nationwide referendum are part of the country’s reform roadmap which seeks to bring democracy back to the kingdom and its people.