Thai panel advises referendum on new constitution

Thailand’s new constitution should be directly voted for by the public, panel members will tell junta leader

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Thailand is preparing a new constitution following the military coup which took place in the country a year ago, and its writers the public to have the final word on the text.

The spokesman of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) said on Wednesday that all 36 members support the idea of holding a public referendum on the charter.

"We have a joint opinion on the principle that the new draft constitution should involve the people," Kamnoon Sittisamarn told Reuters. He added that they will send a letter to PM and only the junta could approve a referendum.

After the coup, Thailand’s military rulers put a temporary constitution in practice, and the draft constitution was completed last month by the junta-appointed panel.

The charter was slammed by political parties, which claim it will lead to weak governments, as well as bureaucratic and judicial control over policies. They also said that voters should be given a choice of selecting a previous constitution, instead of just voting for the new draft.

Thailand has had 19 constitutions since it became a democracy in 1932.

TRTWorld and agencies