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Academic Sungsidh applies to be part of NRC

Noted academic Sungsidh Piriyarangsan yesterday submitted an application to take part in the National Reform Council selection process under the political category.

Sungsidh, who was nominated by a school alumni association, said he was willing to help push for national reform by improving mechanisms to root out corruption while proposing solutions to stem the rising cost of living.

He believed that successfully tackling these two major tasks would help bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.

The NRC application period started on August 14 and will end on September 2.

Pichian Amnartworaprasert, a former National Legislative Assembly member in 2007, applied under the media category yesterday.

Election Commission secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong expects more than 3,000 people to be nominated by non-profit organisations. Yesterday the number of nominations reached 2,000.

Puchong urged candidates not to leave it too late to apply because that may cause overcrowding. He said the categories with the highest and least number of applicants to date were education and energy, which only had 22 nominees so far.

The EC has told the Provincial Election agency it could not wrap up the application process before Sept 2 since that would violate the Royal decree on establishing the reform council, he said.


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