Senate change probe begins Dec 12

The National Anti-Corruption Commission will on Thursday start its examination of a petition seeking the impeachment of 312 lawmakers in connection with the charter amendment on the make-up of the Senate, which was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitution Court, NACC member and spokesman Vicha Mahakhun said on Wednesday.

Mr Vicha dismissed as untrue a report that the NACC would tomorrow, Dec 12, decide whether there are sufficient grounds to impeach the 312 senators and former MPs.

The investigation of the impeachment petition will begin tomorrow, said Mr Vicha, adding that he had received a full report on the case from the Constitution Court this morning.

He said it could take about a month to determine if there are grounds for the impeachments to proceed.

The NACC will notify all of the 312 senators and former MPs of the process and they will be given a chance to defend themselves.

Mr Vicha raised for public attention the fact that since the House of Representatives has been dissolved and the government is only a caretaker administration, the authority to make a ruling on various issues is now with the Election Commission.  The caretaker prime minister and cabinet have to seek advice from the EC regarding their responsibilities and authority. 

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