The chief constitution drafter maintained Wednesday that there is no “substitute constitution” as has been speculated.
Meechai Ruchupan, chairman of the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC), said the speculation might have stemmed from his earlier warning that if his panel’s draft failed to pass the referendum, people might be “frightened by a new one”.
He explained Wednesday that he simply meant it was likely a new group of drafters would make a new draft with tougher provisions than his. “I did not mean that a substitute constitution has been prepared,” he said.
Meechai declined to comment on a remark by Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam that if the draft written by Meechai and his team failed to pass the referendum, it would be revised before being promulgated without another plebiscite being held.
“The government and the NCPO [National Council for Peace and Order] will consider that. It’s not the duty of the CDC,” he said.