Thaksin 'firm' on referendum
- Published: 21/12/2012 at 05:43 PM
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Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra still believes firmly that a public referendum should be held before the government attempts to amend the constitution, says his lawyer and close aide Noppadon Pattama.
Mr Noppadon said he personally believed that with a strong campaign, more than half of eligible voters would take part in the referendum, which would consequently reduce conflict in society.
He said the Pheu Thai government also believed, as did Thaksin, that a public referendum and amending the charter in its entirety were the best solution.
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Amending the charter section by section would go against promises given to the people before the 2011 election, he added.
The referendum is expected to take place sometime between mid-March and mid-April.
Pheu Thai has set up a committee to oversee public relations and campaigning for the referendum. Speaking after the committee meeting on Friday, party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said the results of various opinion polls gave the party confidence that more than one half of the estimated 46 million eligible voters would turn out.
It was the responsibility of all concerned to explain the issues to the people to make sure they understand the purpose of the amendment process, he said.
For example, he said, the government's campaign was not aimed at altering Section 309 of the 2007 charter, which legalised the actions of the military coup-makers who overthrew Thaksin in 2006.
The opposition Democrat Party has warned that if Section 309 were changed and the actions of the coup-makers invalidated, Thaksin's criminal conviction could also be thrown out. That could pave the way for him to return to Thailand wityhoyt facing any punishment.
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