Heed result of referendum, says Somchai
With 33 days to go before the planned referendum, the Election
with it or not.
referendum votes on Aug 7.
In the weeks leading up to the Brexit vote, false information was
spread to the public with some participants framing their arguments
with hate speech,Mr Somchai said.
The EC is doing its best under the Referendum Act to curtail the spread
of misinformation, he said. (In a separate development,
members of the military-appointed National Reform Steering
Assembly (NRSA) took their deputy chairman and former
Democrat Party MP Alongkorn Ponlaboot to task for what they
called secret meetings with politicians.)
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Any conflict from a campaign to mislead people would leave society
divided in the wake of the referendum, Mr Somchai said.
The public must rally behind the result of the Aug 7 vote so as to
avoid any splits, he said. If the draft charter presented by the
military-appointed Constitution Drafting Committee does not pass
the referendum, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)
will have to set up a new drafting team, to create a new draft in the
following three months.
However, there will be no time to hold another referendum and the
next draft will have to be submitted to the King for endorsement and
adopted soon after, allowing a general election to take place as
expected next year, if the NCPO intends to stick to its roadmap.
Time is running out fast, Mr Somchai added, adding the military
should not further deviate from the roadmap, as it has repeatedly
promised the people an election next year.
However, a rejected draft charter would present a political scenario
which is worrying for the country, according to academics and
politicians who debated Thailand's political future at a seminar at the
Thai Public Broadcasting (Thai PBS) Monday.
The path ahead will lack clarity if the draft charter is rejected in
the referendum, said Ekkachai Chainuvati, a law professor at
Thana Cheeravinij, a former Democrat Party MP, said: "Thais know
the consequences of the choice they are bound to make, if they vote
to accept the draft. However, they don't know what lies ahead if
they reject it.''
This is far from being an ideal situation for people only a month away
from the vote, he said. Peace academic Gothom Arya, also a former
director of Mahidol University's Institute for Human Rights and
Peace Studies, said he was worried that if the charter is rejected,
another draft would be written and adopted with no public
participation or endorsement.
He suggested the regime should instead come up with a new charter,
based on either the 1997 or the 2007 charter, to be adopted over the
next four years until a new election.
During that time, a charter drafting committee, supported by the
public, should be up and running, to write a new draft constitution
that truly caters to citizens' needs and demands, Mr Gothom argued.
News,Politics,Bangkok Post,5 July 2016.
In my believe if Thai people know the core value of the draft charter
which mean to make rules to stop corruption,they will accept
So it depends on how the government authorities help them to understand
as we all know that they read very little and sometimes lead by the false
If the draft charter has been rejected,it’s in the power of the government
to revise old version of the charter that proper to the country and the
new election should be held on the roadmap.