NLA members can ask Constitutional Court to rule on amendment to NACC bill

Members of the National Legislative Assembly have the right to ask the Constitutional Court to rule on the constitutionality of an amendment to the NACC Bill which seeks to exempt the current members of the NACC from having to meet the qualifications requirement so they can stay on to fulfil their 9-year term in the office, said NLA vice president Mr Surachai Liangboonlertchai on Monday (Jan 15).

He made the above remark in response to a suggestion by Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Ruchupan that the NLA to petition the charter court to rule on the legitimacy of the amendment which has come under heavy criticism for excluding NACC members for being set zero whereas members of the other charter-mandated independent organizations such as the Election Commission and the National Human Rights Commission are set zero.

Personally, Mr Surachai said that since the public has doubt about the amendment, it would benefit to all parties concerned if the doubt is cleared up so that the NACC can perform its duty without allegations.

However, he noted that interpretation of the controversial amendment by the Constitutional Court should be done before the NACC bill which has passed the three readings of the NLA is to be forwarded to His Majesty the King for endorsement.

He pointed out that there was no specific timeframe for the NLA president to send the NACC bill to the prime minister to be forwarded to HM the King after the passage of the bill by the NLA.

Only 25 members of the NLA are required to take the case to the Constitution Court for deliberation, said Mr Surachai.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)