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NACC to make proposals on controversial clause in draft bill

Nov 18. 2017
Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit
Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit
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The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) plan to make proposals to the ad hoc committee to vet the NACC draft bill, NACC president Pol General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit said on Friday.

The draft bill has been controversial as its provision requires only a publication of the summary of assets declared by political office holders and commissioners of independent bodies instead of a detailed report.

The bill has already passed the first reading by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) earlier this month and is currently being revised by an ad hoc committee before returning to the table again for the second and third readings.

In the proposals to be submitted, Watcharapol said he would stick to the old model but with more confidentiality clauses to ensure that they would not be misused by outsiders.

The CDC should help reconsider the provision and their proposals to ensure that all are in line with the current Constitution, whose provisions are aimed at promoting transparency and accountability.

“Too little publicised information will only make public scrutiny of them impossible,” the president said.

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