Reform councilor Manoon calls for clear principles behind public referendum questionnaire

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BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 – A member of the National Reform Council has called for more clarity related to the public referendum before the corresponding questionnaire is written.

NRC member Manoon Syrian said that he has spoken with some of his fellow members regarding the principles behind a public referendum on the draft Constitution after another member, Paiboon Nititawan had suggested that the questions to be used in the process should have been written by now.

Mr. Manoon said that his discussion focused on whether or not the national reform process should be completed before the next general election.

He added that when his group proposed some changes to the draft charter to the Constitution Drafting Committee, they suggested the CDC consider holding a public referendum to ask the people’s opinion on this point.

Meanwhile, another NRC member Direk Teungfung said that he, at least, is not supporting the suggestion that the term of the National Council for Peace and Order should be extended, and worries that such an action may bring about more problems.