First two pre-election organic laws submitted to NLA: Meechai

Chief Charter Drafter Meechai Ruchupan said on April 18 that he had submitted the first two organic laws essential to the next general election to the National Legislative Assembly. They are the draft bills on political parties and the Election Commission. Meechai said deliberation on these ...

Local polls could be held before the general election, says CDC

The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) has confirmed that local elections could be staged before the next general election while calling on the government to revise laws related to the local polls. CDC chairman Meechai Ruchupan said the constitution allows the government to organise municipal elections ...

Elections now promised for 2018

National elections will take place in February of next year, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Wednesday, confirming fears a vote the military had promised for 2017 will be once again postponed. “One year from today, there’ll be elections”, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam ...

NRSA calls for review of media regulatory bill following strong opposition from journalists

Following strong objections from many media groups, National Reform Steering Assembly whips on February 2 advised its media reform committee to revise the contentious media regulatory bill. Kamnoon Sidhisamarn, secretary and spokesman of the NRSA coordination committee, said at a press conference that the whips decided ...

Charter writers oppose press 'reform' attempt

A controversial bill to regulate the media industry proposed by the National Reform Steering Assembly media reform panel could breach the new constitution which supports media self-regulation and independence from state control, a Constitution Drafting Committee member says. Chartchai Na Chiangmai, who is also a CDC ...

Disqualification law not intended to bully EC: Meechai

Chief constitution writer Meechai Ruchupan on November 16 said all independent agencies, including the Constitutional Court, would be treated equally regarding the disqualification of members as stipulated by new organic laws, adding the Constitution Drafting Commission had no intention to bully the Election Commission. The drafters ...

Revised charter submitted to govt

 The new constitution with a revised preamble has been submitted to the government for royal endorsement, the chief charter drafter said on November 2. Constitution Drafting Commission chairman Meechai Ruchupan said two changes have been made to reflect the current situation following the passing of ...

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