BANGKOK, 11 April 2012 – The Office of the Ombudsman of Thailand has announced that the government’s move to amend the constitution might violate the constitution itself.
Ombudsman Siracha Charoenpanij has announced that the office has submitted a document to the Parliament Speaker and the Prime Minister, suggesting changes on the constitution amendment process, so that the move does not violate the constitution.
The three main changes suggested include (1) the person who signs the royal command of the new constitution should be the Prime Minister instead of Parliament Speaker, (2) whether the constitution amendment is an administrative change or change of government should be decided by the Constitution Court, not the Parliament Speaker, and (3) once the referendum is completed, the Parliament Speaker could present the result to His Majesty the King for royal endorsement without parliament’s approval.
The Ombudsman was worried that if the constitution amendment process continued the way it did, it would create more problems in the future.
Mr Siracha said it is up to related parties whether to consider this offer or not, adding that the office is just suggesting the changes so that the move abides by the law.
(NNT : Nuttaporn Chanchokpong)