Cabinet meeting to discuss constitutional amendment referendum parameters

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Phumtham Wechayachai, the Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister, announced that next month’s Cabinet meeting will focus on the parameters required for a constitutional amendment referendum. Phumtham, who is also the head of a panel examining the referendum requirements for the charter amendment, has stated that the report will be submitted to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and the Cabinet for review.

In a recent meeting with coalition party leaders, Phumtham stated that there was an agreement on the panel’s key issues. These issues revolve around the uncertainty of how many referendums should be conducted during the charter amendment process, the question or questions to be posed during the referendum, and the procedures to undertake for a charter rewrite, reported Bangkok Post.

The findings from these discussions will be presented to the Election Commission after the Cabinet’s review. Phumtham also mentioned that Parliament intends to appeal to the Constitutional Court for a ruling on the number of referendums required for the charter amendment.

Previously, the Constitutional Court had ruled that a charter rewrite could not start before a referendum was conducted. The court asserted that any major changes to the charter or a complete overhaul would necessitate a preceding referendum vote that yields favourable results. However, the ruling did not specify the number of referendums needed to execute a charter rewrite.

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