ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation
MEECHAI Ruchupan, chairman of the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC), said he would back the rewriting of the controversial Article 7 and add it to the chapter on General Provisions as before, but insisted that the Constitutional Court would be the final arbiter on the issue.
As for the National Legislative Assembly’s proposal it would be the one to judge what can be considered a “crisis” before the Constitutional Court convenes a meeting with police, military chiefs and other relevant organs, Meechai only said it would be very similar to the controversial crisis panel.
“The public and you [the media] did not like that, did you?” he said, without elaborating. “We will write one [crisis-managing mechanism] if we have any new ideas. But if we can’t come up with anything, then we cannot possibly write it [in the charter].”
However, he added that the drafters had tried to write a crisis-preventing mechanism, hoping that it would be sufficient and that they did not have to create any special bodies like the controversial National Strategic Reform and Reconciliation Committee proposed by the previous CDC led by Borwornsak Uwanno.
Meechai also dismissed reports that all senators would be selected, that each constituency would have three MPs and that all parties would be dissolved, saying the CDC had not discussed these points yet.
At present, drafters are processing comments from all sectors to perfect the charter draft, which is due to be completed by the end of March.
Meanwhile, on his return from the US yesterday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha dismissed the proposal to allow opponents and supporters of the charter draft to debate it, saying it was not necessary and it would have to go through a referendum any way.