Meechai says new election road map is constitutional
Head of the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) Meechai Ruchupan confirmed that the latest road map announced by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was in line with the Constitution.
At the same time, he appeared to be tired with speculation that the legislation of organic laws would cause an extension of the road map and delay the election.
“I don’t know. Maybe the speculation is right. For example, maybe I’ll just trip, fall down and not wake up again. That may interrupt the legislation,” Meechai said on Wednesday.
However, Meechai said that the new road map that Prayut announced on Tuesday, in which an election would take place in November next year, was well in accordance with the new Constitution.
He and Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam had discussed the matter, and the Prime Minister had acknowledged the timeframe laid out by the charter, Meechai said.
The CDC was under no pressure despite the announcement, Meechai said. The panel had a timetable that it must complete its job after 240 days, and it would follow through, he said.
Despite being a member of the National Council for Peace and Order, Meechai said he had no knowledge about whether the political ban would be lifted now that the political party law was in effect. He said it was up to Prayut.
In the meantime, he said the CDC was completing its drafts of the final two organic bills. These are on the selection of the Senate and the election of MPs, and they are essential for holding an election next year.
Both would be submitted to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) next month.