The cabinet is expected to announce that a public referendum will be held on constitutional amendments.
The coalition's working panel on charter change forwarded its decision to proceed with holding a referendum on the amendments to Ampon Kitti-ampon, the cabinet secretary-general, Pheu Thai Party leader Charupong Ruangsuwan said Saturday.
On Friday, the four coalition parties _ Pheu Thai, Chartthaipattana, Chart Pattana, and Phalang Chon _ issued a joint statement, saying that they would move to organise a referendum before moving on to the third and final reading of the charter amendment bill.
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The coalition's decision would be put on the cabinet's agenda for consideration on Tuesday, said Mr Charupong, who is also the interior minister.
Once the cabinet approves the referendum proposal, it would be forwarded to parliament and then to the Election Commission (EC), he said.
It is expected that the EC would confirm a referendum date sometime between March 12 and April 12, Mr Charupong said.
The Pheu Thai leader was confident that at least 23 million eligible voters - more than the 50 per cent required by the charter - would vote in support of the constitutional amendment plan.
He also said there would be no changes to Section 165 of the constitution and the Referendum Act of 2009, which stipulate conditions for holding referendums.
Pheu Thai MP for Yasothon Peerapan Palusuk, also a member of the coalition's charter amendment panel, said the cabinet is expected to announce plans to draft a decree to organise a referendum that would then be sent for royal approval in line with Section 165 of the constitution and the Referendum Act of 2009.
He said the cabinet would then assign concerned agencies to educate the public about the charter rewrite process.
Mr Peerapan said voters must be presented with only one question - whether they agree with a proposal to create a drafting assembly to write a new charter.
Speaking in her weekly television programme on Channel 11 yesterday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said while the charter amendment process would have to go through parliament, the government wanted to to involve the public.
Pheu Thai Party deputy spokeswoman Sunisa Lertpakawat said she hoped the Democrats would not try to derail the referendum by calling for a public boycott.
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