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NCPO members to declare assets 'on voluntary basis'

Members of the junta may submit asset declarations if they want to show their sincerity in working for the country, National Anti-Corruption Commission secretary-general Sansern Poljiak said yesterday.

He was responding to a remark by the ruling National Council for Peace and Order's deputy chief General Paiboon Koomchaya, who is in charge of the NCPO's legal affairs, that the junta members were ready to submit statements of assets and liabilities.

Sansern said that as council members were not required by law to submit asset declarations, members of the NCPO would submit declarations on a voluntary basis - because they are not bound to disclose their assets to the public.

Sansern said the NACC would discuss whether members of the National Reform Council (NRC) would have to submit a declaration on their assets. He said that members of parliament in 2007 did not submit such statements.

The Anti-Corruption Act of 1999, however, stipulated that the NACC can specify which political office holders must declare their assets and disclose their statements to the public.

Sansern said the NACC had nominated him to take part in the NRC selection process under the political sector because the NACC's role was to screen political office holders to prevent them from seeking personal gain.

NACC president Panthep Klanarongran said the Anti-Corruption Act did not require members of the NCPO to submit asset declarations, but if they are appointed Cabinet members, they must submit a statement and disclose their assets to the public.

Meanwhile, Election Commission secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said his office had instructed provincial Election Commission directors across the country to strictly observe the selection procedures following media coverage of the fixing allegation over the National Reform Council (NRC) candidates.

Puchong said he would report wrongdoing to the NCPO if selection committees in provinces "fixed" some candidates instead of allowing people from all walks of life and professions to take part in the process.

"The NCPO will take drastic action because it wants NRC members from diverse sources," he said.

Puchong said the fixing allegation may deter some legal bodies from nominating candidates, if they fear their candidates won't have a chance to win nomination.

He had talked to the Uttaradit provincial governor to allow members of the public to submit applications and allow all applicants to show their vision.


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