NRC, Cabinet, NCPO expected to formally propose changes in draft charter May 25

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BANGKOK, 4 May 2015 – The National Reform Council, the Cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order are expected to formally propose their suggested changes in the draft charter later this month.

Spokesman of the Constitution Drafting Committee Kamnoon Sidhisamarn said that the NRC, the NCPO and the Cabinet have not submitted their proposed changes to the charter drafters but they are expected to do so on May 25.

Mr. Kamnoon said that the expected date of submission is the last day of the 30-day period for all bodies to propose their charter change suggestions, which the CDC will review and invite those who make the proposals to clarify and provide additional information.

He added that political parties will also be invited to the meeting with the CDC to discuss all propose changes although they are not among those allowed to suggest any.

Concerning the debate over a public referendum on the new charter, Mr. Kamnoon said that the CDC has not discussed the issue while affirming that the interim Constitution does not stipulate anything about such a process.

Therefore, if a public referendum is to be held, the NCPO and the Cabinet will have to amend the provisional charter first, the CDC spokesman said.