When the junta-appointed charter drafters crafted the current constitution, they wanted to make sure that the establishment would have a say in the Senate and that it would not be controlled by politicians. So, the result of this scheming to maintain the status quo of the establishment was a 150-member Senate which is made up of one elected senator for each province with the rest appointed.
The election of Nikhom Wairatchapanich of Chachoengsao as the new Senate speaker could allow the ruling Pheu Thai Party to dominate the Upper House in addition to their control of the House of Representatives.
Because of this pre-arranged setup, non-senators have always been the dominant force in the Upper House since its inception in 2008.
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