NCPO names military heads who will pick reform council

NCPO names military heads who will pick reform council

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has issued an order to form a committee of military top brass who will choose members of the National Reform Council (NRC), the 250 people tasked with reforming the political system.

Prime Minister and NCPO chairman Prayut Chan-o-cha signed the order, which was announced in the Royal Gazette on Wednesday.

The selection committee comprises 14 members, all high-ranking military officers. They are Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn, Gen Surasak Karnjanarat, Adm Narong Pipatanasai, ACM Prajin Juntong, Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, Gen Jiradet Mokkhasamit, Gen Chatchai Sarikulya, Gen Paiboon Koomchaya, Gen Worapong Sa-nganet, Adm Chumnum Ajwong, Adm Jakchai Phucharoenyos, ACM Saritpong Komutanont, Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnratchakij and Gen Uthis Sunthorn.

The committee will select 77 NRC members, one each from the 77 provinces.

It will select the other 173 members from among candidates nominated by 11 screening committees — appointed by the NCPO — devoted to 11 areas of reform.

The NCPO has tasked the NRC to reform the country in the areas of law and justice, local and administration, politics, education, the economy, energy, public health and the environment, the mass media, social affairs, and a special category to deal with "other issues".

Each of the 11 screening committees will choose 50 candidates, or a total of 550.

Provincial selection panels will pick five NRC candidates in each province, or a total of 385 candidates from the 77 provinces.

The selection committee will whittle that down to one NRC member for each province.

Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong, whose office conducts secretarial duties for the screening panels, said yesterday the lists of candidates from the 11 areas of reform have now been sent to the EC.

They are expected to be submitted to the selection committee in the next few days.

Mr Puchong said the lists of candidates from 60 provinces have been submitted to the EC while the lists of the remaining 17 provinces are expected to be handed in by Monday.

All the lists will be forwarded to the selection committee by Tuesday.

For now, the names on those lists are on strict lockdown until they reach the selection panel, a move intended to prevent lobbying. If there is a leak, a committee would be set up to investigate, he said.

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