NLA lists four main proposals for charter drafters

Published ธันวาคม 30, 2015 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


THE NATIONAL Legislative Assembly (NLA) yesterday endorsed its recommendation report on the charter draft with a vote of 144-1.

It is the second body to prepare recommendations, after the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which submitted a 10-point report to the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) a few weeks ago.

The NLA made recommendations on four main points – the electoral system, the “origin” of members of the House of Representatives (via an election) and senators (via election and indirect election), the appointment of a prime minister, and a special body to resolve a national crisis.

On the electoral system, it proposed an election based on a mixed proportional system, under which parties’ popular vote nationwide would be used to determine the total number of members in the House of Representatives a party can get via a constituency election plus its official party list. The NLA recommended 350 constituency seats for MPs.

The 350 constituency MPs, it said, should come from a large constituency election, under which up to three parliamentary seats are allotted for contests in each constituency.

In regard to senators, the NLA suggested that all of them be selected, but the Senate must no longer have the power to impeach politicians.

In regard to the prime minister, the assembly said he or she did not have to be an MP, but must be endorsed by Parliament.

Last but not least, it recommended a special body or committee to be set up to deal with a national crisis.

The NLA is due to hand its approved report to the CDC on Monday.

Meanwhile, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said he was frustrated with the CDC’s latest proposal to get senators from a “criss-crossing” indirect election among 20 defined social groups.

Abhisit said rounds of elections from professional sectors would confuse groups’ members. An indirect election, he said, prevented true participation of the people. He urged the drafters not to be afraid of a direct election.

In a related development, the Political Development Council plans to propose recommendations for the charter to relevant agencies, its chairman Theerapat Serirangsan said.

Theerapat said the PDC had three main recommendations. First, the charter must lay a foundation that the country is governed under a democratic regime with the King as head of state. Second, the draft must promote active citizenship and long-term education about democracy. Decentralisation plus citizenship should be promoted, with citizen assemblies addressed in the draft.

Last, relevant political posts such as the prime minister and senators must be linked to the people via direct elections.

It will revise and re-propose its recommendations in line with the final draft once the CDC releases it early next year, Theerapat said.


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