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Most Thais want a new constitution – NIDA Poll

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Pro-democracy activists have been calling on monarchy and government reform along with a rewrite of the 2017 military-backed constitution. While Thais seem to be split on the issues around government and monarchy reform, a recent poll found that most Thais want a new constitution.

Since the 1932 revolution ending nearly 800 years of absolute monarchy and transitioning to a constitutional monarchy, there have been 20 constitutions and charters in Thailand, most adopted after military coups. The current constitution, ratified in April 2017, was drafted by the military junta National Council for Peace and Order, or NCPO, which seized power in the 2014 coup d’état.

In the recent survey by NIDA Poll called “Do people wish to have a new constitution?”, 1,313 Thai adults from various regions of Thailand were interviewed. 58.5% of them said they want a new constitution while 25.1% said they do not want a new constitution. 6.5% said they would not vote on the referendum and 5.9% said vote “no.” The other roughly 4% said they were not sure.

When it comes to who should draft a new constitution, interviewees were allowed to give multiple answers. 59.9% said the members of the writing committee should be elected while 17.8% said the committee should be from universities. 21.9% said members of parliament should draft the new constitution. Around 11% said the government should select committee members. Around 10% said parliament should select the members. 11.9% said the constitution should be drafted by the senators.

SOURCES: Nida Poll | Nation Thailand

 

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  1. Slugger

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Comedy Central held a poll…………….

  2. Stardust

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    This shows the real enemues of Thailand and Thaipeople are these dictatorship supporters. The Thai people want a good future, prosperity, democracy and freedom. The dictorship brings destruction of the country, destruction of the economy, poverty, human rights abuse, corruption, abuse of power. All dictatorships and junta governments in the world and history were failed states and only brought big damage to their people and country.

  3. toby andrews

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    And 5 percent of the poll answered they did not know what constitution means.

  4. Issan John

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Sorry to break it to you, Stardust, but while you may not like their views the “dictatorship supporters” ARE “Thai people”.

    I don’t agree with them in any way in principle since the senate were nominated by the military / NCPO and so they’re by far the most controversial part of the current constitution, but nevertheless “11.9% said the constitution should be drafted by the senators” so, in effect, drafted by the Army. That’s close to 1 in 8 of those polled.

    Interesting that “59.9% said the members of the writing committee should be elected” since that was exactly what happened with the 1997 Constitution, known as the “People’s Constitution”, with 76 of the 99 members of the committee directly elected and the other 23 experts nominated by parliament.

    Both houses of parliament were directly elected, human rights were protected, election was by party list / proportional representation, executive and legislative were separated, police authority was limited, etc.

    Criticisms were mainly a lack of clarity over the role of the monarchy and the requirement for all MPs to have bachelors’ degrees.

  5. Roger Bruce

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Very True Bulldust er mean Stardust

    But will the Thai ever get a chance for a general election not controlled by the Military?

    NO way only way to win is to force them out

    Good Luck Thailand

  6. toby andrews

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    1 in 8 support say the constitution should be drafted by the senators.
    Is that a justification, or maybe I did not understand your point?
    Message garbled please resend.
    All your justifications fail when it is an established fact that the P.M Cha Cha was never subjected to a democratic vote – ever . . .

  7. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:16 am

    I wouldn’t suggest it’s a scientific poll of “Thai people”, but try buying a lottery ticket ending in “67” this week …..

    Seriously ? …..

  8. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    “Is that a justification, or maybe I did not understand your point?”

    You didn’t understand the point, Toby – it’s not a “justification”, just a fact.

    “All your justifications fail when it is an established fact that the P.M Cha Cha was never subjected to a democratic vote – ever . .”

    I’m not making any “justifications”, Toby, just stating facts. For example, while it’s “an established fact that the P.M Cha Cha was never subjected to a democratic vote” – so what?

    Under the constitution he doesn’t need to be, neither does he need to be an MP.

    While I don’t agree with how the referendum was done, for reasons I’ve explained several times, nevertheless not only did a very clear majority approve the constitution but a very clear majority also separately approved how the PM would be chosen.

    That may not suit your agenda, but it’s an “established fact”.

  9. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    … and FWIW, Toby, very few PMs are actually “subjected to a democratic vote”: the Irish PM is, but the British PM definitely isn’t – “ever …” ?

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