BANGKOK, 21 March 2012 – Chairman of the House extraordinary committee on charter amendment Samart Kaewmeechai will hear public and academic opinions to find a conclusion on what qualifications are demanded from a candidate to the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA).
Mr. Samart said opinions would be gathered from the ruling party, the Opposition and the public sector to set up criteria, which are acceptable by all, for a CDA member selection process. The Chairman expected to have a conclusion on the matter by next Wednesday.
Representatives from the civil sector who had initially proposed 3 charter amendment drafts as well as a famous intellectual, Dr. Kotom Areeya, who conducted a public survey on the topic, will be invited to share their thoughts tomorrow.
Mr. Samart said a main focus of the discussion would be on whether the CDA members should come from a political party, and should they hold at least a bachelor’s degree. He said besides that no votes would be drawn on the charter amendment if every article has not gone through a debate.
(NNT : NUPPOL SUVANSOMBUT)