Sign up | Log in



Election panel opposes referendum bid


May 28, 2008

Election panel opposes referendum bid

Thailand’s Election Commission said it objected Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's plan to issue an executive decree under which a referendum may be conducted to learn whether most people prefer to have the 2007 Constitution amended or not. The polling agency suggested that legislation be issued instead.

The objection came after the Thai Cabinet Tuesday approved a plan to hold a referendum on the question of amending the constitution, but the prime minister said the state's top legal body, the Council of State, must first consider the legal framework for the referendum.

Election Commission chairman Apichart Sukhagganond however advised that the premier should not go ahead with the planned executive decree to sound out the question of polling the public about the 2007 charter, arguing that such decrees to be issued by the government might be otherwise considered ''unconstitutional.''

The commission chief suggested that his agency could draft the legislation needed by the Samak government by Friday (May 30) so that it may promptly enter parliament during an extraordinary session and be turned into law by the middle of next month.
Commissioner Praphan Naiyakowit quoted the Council of State as ruling that the law enacted in 1998 governing the use of referendums is by no means effective at present time and in particular cannot facilitate Mr. Samak's plans to conducts a referendum.

Executive decrees may be issued by a government only to cope with the country's economic crises, public safety and other emergency issues, he said.

More on Thailand


Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2019 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand