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Ombudsman bill headed for Cabinet approval


The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is planning to forward the new Ombudsman bill to the Cabinet to proceed with royal endorsement and proclamation, said NLA Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai on Thursday.

Surachai said the NLA passed the bill late last month and forwarded it to concerned agencies to review within 15 days, and give feedback about whether they see it is constitutional or not. The agencies, the Ombudsman and the Constitutional Drafting Commission, did not raise any objection, said Surachai.
The NLA is therefore in the process of forwarding it to the Cabinet to review and then recommend it for Royal endorsement and promulgation.
While some independent agencies, including the Election Commission and the National Human Rights Commission, face a total reset upon the law’s enactment, the NLA has drafted the bill so that current members of the Office of the Ombudsman would continue in office until they finish their terms. The Ombudsman office would have less authority under the new law, and hence their qualifications need not be as high as that of the other agencies, the NLA reasoned in drafting the law.
The office would become an advisory body on state practices without the authority to probe the ethics of political office holders.
The bill is one of 10 organic laws required under the new Charter.

Published : August 17, 2017

By : The Nation