Kamnans and village headmen nationwide are threatening to carry out a mass protest against a bill which would make sweeping changes to the local leaders' tenures.
The government bill introduces a mandatory retirement age of 60 and confines elected kamnans to serving a five-year term, replacing the up-to lifelong terms they can serve at present.
Yesterday, members of the kamnans and village headmen's associations in several provinces submitted a letter opposing the bill through provincial administration offices.
In Nakhon Ratchasima, more than 800 kamnans and village headmen gathered outside the province's city hall to submit a letter stating their objection to the bill amending the local administration law.
The letter said Pheu Thai Party MPs backing the bill are attempting to bring local leaders under their control, as if they were "slaves".
More than 37,000 kamnans and village headmen nationwide had signed the petition opposing the bill, the letter said.
Sakchai Chartphudsa, president of the association of kamnans and village headmen in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district, said the bill would require more frequent polls, which would interrupt the work of the local administration.
If the government ignores their concerns, kamnans and village headmen nationwide would converge on the parliament for a mass protest, Mr Sakchai said.
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