Charter change petitions accepted
- Published: 13/06/2013 at 05:04 PM
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The Constitution Court has voted to consider petitions asking it to rule whether the amendment of sections 68 and 237 of the constitution is an act to abolish democratic administration under the monarchy and acquire administrative power through unconstitutional means.
The petitions were filed by Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang, a core member of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), and Wirat Kalayasiri, a Democrat Party MP.
A bill seeking to amend Sections 68 and 237, backed by 312 MPs and senators, is currently being scrutinised by a joint committee of parliament.
Constitution Court judges voted 5-4 to accept the petitions for consideration. But they stopped short of issuing an injunction for parliament to halt the amendment process, claiming there was not sufficient reason to do so.
The court ordered the petitioners to make copies of their petitions and send them to the 312 MPs and senators who signed the bill seeking to amend Sections 68 and 237.
The 312 are required to submit defence statements in 15 days.
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