Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Wednesday evening went on TV to outline the next steps that will be taken after the draft constitution has been approved in the referendum.
He said the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) will make amendments to the draft charter in accordance with the results of the referendum on the additional question, before submitting it to the Constitutional Court to review. The draft will be later sent for a royal assent. The overall process will take three months, he added.
Once the royal assent is granted and thereby the promulgation of the new constitution, the interim constitution of 2014 will be deemed void, and the new constitution shall come into effect, Prayut said.
The CDC will then have to draft 10 organic laws, in particular the first 4, which will be necessary in order to hold general elections, he said.
At the same time, the government will need to issue many other relevant laws and make the necessary preparations, as stipulated by the new constitution, Prayut said.
He added that the National Council for Peace and Order, the interim government, the National Legislative Assembly, and the National Reform Steering Assembly will continue to undertake specific functions until new corresponding institutions are established to take over such responsibilities, as per the new constitution.
He said the drafting of the 4 organic laws that are necessary for elections should be completed by mid-2017. The EC will the organise the general elections within 150 days or 5 months, which should be by the end of 2017 as according to the road map, Prayut added.