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NRC electing charter drafting members

Posted by pakin On October - 29 - 2014

The National Reform Council will elect on Wednesday 20 members to fill its quota in the Constitution Drafting Committee while another five will be elected by lawmakers the next day.

Thirty-four NRC members applied to join the committee, covering all 11 reform areas and geographical regions.

After checking the qualifications, the NRC found two did not meet the requirements, leaving 32 to run in the race.

They will show their visions ahead of the confidential vote expected to take three hours, said Alongkorn Ponlaboot, an NRC whip and former Democrat MP.

The members were asked to take into consideration diversity in the 11 reform areas and regions but there is no guarantee the elected members will cover all reform areas or regions, he said.

On the concern the committee may lack expertise on constitution drafting, Mr Alongkorn said he personally thought other members could later be appointed as advisers to the committee.

Besides, he said, once the cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order received the list of elected members from the NRC, they could complement the line-up with specialists such as those on public law.

The 36-member Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) will come from the NRC (20), the National Legislative Assembly (5), cabinet (5) and the NCPO (5 plus the CDC chairman).

As for the 5-man quota of the NLA, president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said on Wednesday 11 had applied to be CDC members.

The NLA will vote on Thursday to elect the five, who will retain their role in the NLA and may not hold political positions for two years after they are relieved from CDC duties.

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