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  • November 22, 2015

    Democrat ex-MP to seek probe into Im Boon project

    The project was organised by the Senate and the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to promote virtuous use of technology by youths. Watchara said he would also ask the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission and National Legislative Assembly president...

  • November 22, 2015

    Party-list MPs should be scrapped: Seri

    THE National Reform Steering Council (NRSC) panel on political reform will suggest that the charter drafters drop party-list MPs and design a voting system with larger constituencies, its chairman Seri Suwanpanon said yesterday. The subcommittee is due to meet members of the Constitution Drafting Commission...

  • November 14, 2015

    Meechai defends PM-list proposal

    THE CHIEF constitution drafter yesterday defended the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC)'s proposal to have each political party prepare a list of prime ministerial candidates ahead of general elections. CDC chairman Meechai Ruchupan also dismissed the claim that, with the proposed provision, the...

  • November 13, 2015

    Doubts raised over CDC's 'PM list' idea

    TWO KEY political parties have raised doubts about the charter drafters' intentions behind the "PM candidate list", saying they don't think this list is necessary as voters know that it is usually the winning party's leader who becomes the premier. Former Democrat party-list MP Thawil Praisont said this list was unnecessary...

  • November 11, 2015

    Govt eyes letting political parties meet

    ... after Prayut led a coup in May last year and launched the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). About 10 NRSA members work with political parties. They should be allowed to meet with their blocs so that they can represent their party's stance on issues in NRSA meetings or on proposals submitted to the...

  • November 10, 2015

    Party-list system of little value : Suthep

    "Party-list MPs have only little benefit to the people. There may be some good ones who take care of the people, but there is only a small number of them," the former secretary-general of the Democrat Party said. However, if people think party-list MPs are necessary, it would be no problem for him, he said. The current...

  • November 7, 2015

    'New voting system good for parties'

    Members of the Constitution Drafting Commission are convinced that their proposed new electoral system would help strengthen the political parties, as the number of seats they would get in the House of Representatives would better reflect their popularity among voters. Chatchai Na Chiangmai, one of the...

  • November 5, 2015

    Democrats propose two-ballot poll system

    Representing his party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, deputy leader Jurin Laksanawisit said that by using two different ballots, voters could express who they want as their constituency MP as well as which party they like, under the party-list system. This could reflect their intent better, he added. "Voters vote...

  • November 5, 2015

    Abhisit proposes reduction of state power

    ... free from vote buying, before, during and after the voting. They should also prevent populist policies which damage the country. 6. Political parties should be empowered so they are able to keep their politicians in check and can develop into parties that truly represent the people. They should not become the...

  • November 3, 2015

    Call for lifetime bans for corrupt politicians

    ... extinguished, efficiency of the Election Commission improved and anti-corruption policies launched, he said. However, Sompong Sakawee, a Pheu Thai Party supporter, said people's perception of vote-buying had been distorted and exaggerated. "We may focus too much on the issue and we need to step over...