MP calls for court charter drafting role

MP calls for court charter drafting role

Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) list-MP Paiboon Nititawan has proposed that MPs and senators be allowed to ask the Constitutional Court to rule on the legitimacy of the charter drafting process.

Mr Paiboon, also vice chairman of the House committee vetting charter amendment bills, said he has asked the panel to include his proposal in the charter amendment drafts before they are up for the second reading in parliament next month.

Under his proposal, MPs and senators can lodge a petition with the Constitutional Court asking it to rule on the legitimacy of the charter drafting process if they discover irregularities such as proxy voting.

Mr Paiboon said the 2017 constitution and the charter amendment bills being examined by the committee do not cover an issue like this.

The House panel is deliberating two charter change bills which were adopted by parliament on Nov 18 last year. Both bills, one proposed by the governing coalition and the other by the opposition, would pave the way for the creation of a charter drafting assembly.

Mr Paiboon said the committee has agreed to discuss his proposal and the members from the opposition camp appear to be in favour of it. The proposal is expected to be deliberated after the committee finishes scrutinising the contents of the two charter amendment bills, he said.

Sira Jenjaka, PPRP MP for Bangkok and the spokesman of the House committee, said on Friday the panel has yet to finalise the members of the charter drafting assembly.

The opposition-sponsored draft calls for the election of 200 members of the charter drafting assembly while the government's version proposes that 150 are elected and the 50 others are selected.

Mr Sira said the discussion did not go anywhere because a committee member spent much of the time trying to lobby the panel to allow the live broadcast of the meeting even though the panel already voted against it.

Move Forward Party MP Thiratchai Phantumas on Friday publicly called for live broadcasts of the panel meetings, saying it would raise public awareness.

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