Direct election of PM 'not yet final'

Direct election of PM 'not yet final'

The proposal that the prime minister and the cabinet should be chosen through direct elections is being floated by the National Reform Council's (NRC) committee for political reform, and has not so far been accepted by the Constitution Drafting Committee, CDC chairman Bowornsak Uwanno said on Monday.

Mr Bowornsak said this and proposals made by other committees would be forwarded to the NRC for consideration between Dec 15-17.  The CDC would also attend this meeting to hear them.

The CDC would then take the proposals from the NRC for consideration between Dec 18-26, when a resolution on the framework for drafting a new constitution was expected to be reached, he said.

Mr Bowornsak said the process of taking opinion from the people on the new charter by the cabinet, National Legislative Assembly (NLA), NRC and National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) would be carried out simultaneously with the drafting of the new constitution.

This process would continue until mid-April next year and it would be clearly seen by the end of July what form the new charter would take, he said.

Mr Bowornsak expected the completed draft constitution to be forwarded to the NRC for endorsement by Aug 6, 2015.

The CDC chairman said he did not believe the ongoing flow of opinion during this time would lead to chaos or social conflict, because all were free to participate.

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