Covid cases may delay vetting of organic laws

Covid cases may delay vetting of organic laws

The parliamentary committee vetting the amendments to two organic laws may consider cancelling next week's meetings after two members tested positive for Covid-19.

Chartthaipattana Party MP Nikorn Jamnong and Democrat Party MP Chinnaworn Bunyakiat revealed on their respective Facebook accounts yesterday that the results of their ATK tests were positive and they are being treated under the home isolation programme.

Mr Nikorn, who attended the committee meetings on March 16-17, said the result of the ATK test taken before the March 16 meeting was negative. He took another on the evening of March 17 after having a stuffy nose and the result was positive.

Mr Chinnaworn said the result of his test on March 16 was also negative, but he subsequently decided to get a RT-PCR test, which came back positive.

Somkid Chuakong, a Pheu Thai MP for Ubon Ratchathani, said he would propose a one-week suspension of the committee meeting for health concerns.

He said it is unlikely to affect the committee's work schedule and if it does, make-up meetings can be held later.

The vetting committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays to go over amendments to both organic laws on the election of MPs and political parties.

Senator Somchai Sawangkarn, a committee member, said yesterday that he raised the matter with panel chairman Sathit Pitutecha and asked him to consider halting next week's meeting.

However, he proposed that if the meeting goes ahead as scheduled then members should refrain from voting on key issues.

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