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21 August 2007 :: 14:08:58 pm 29413

Legislators Consider Organic Laws of New Constitution, Election Date Proposed

The National Legislative Assembly is scheduled to deliberate several organic laws under Thailand‘s recently drafted constitution on Wednesday, now that the charter has received public approval in Sunday‘s referendum.
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The NLA is obliged to pass the organic laws of the constitution so that a general election can be held, tentatively, by December 23, as suggested by Election Commission chairman Aphichart Sukhakkhanond. The organic laws of the constitution slated for Wednesday’s NLA session include the Political Party Act, an MP and Senatorial Election Act and an Election Commission Act.

The election date was earlier proposed for December 16 but, according to the polling agency chief, it might probably take a longer time for the organic laws to pass through the NLA and to make preparations for the race to parliament than earlier speculated.

Mr. Aphichart said he would certainly consult with Prime Minister Gen. Surayud Chulanont, after the prime minister returns from Malaysia, to set an appropriate date for the general election, which could possibly occur earlier than December 23, should the organic laws pass NLA approval sooner than expected.

The Election Commission has just forwarded to the Constitution Drafting Committee the results of Sunday’s public referendum which came out in favour of the new charter.

Thailand’s draft constitution won 14,727,407 votes or 57.81 per cent of eligible voters with 10,747,310 people or 42.19 per cent refusing to accept the charter in the first national referendum, according to an official result announced Monday by the Election Commission.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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