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Proposals for reform

Proposals for reform

SUNDAY, September 11, 2016

SURIYASAI KATASILA, a deputy dean at Rangsit University’s College of Social Innovation, has chipped in with proposals for party reform which he thought should be included in the future organic law on political parties.

- Parties’ budget management should be scrutinised more closely by independent organisations such as the Election Commission, Anti-Money Laundering Office, Auditor-General’s Office and the Ombudsman. It has been hard to track parties’ budgets from out-of-system sources that often came in large chunks.
 
- The roles of member-screening committees should be strengthened to balance against parties’ leaders when endorsing memberships. 
 
- The roles of policymaking and democracy-promoting committees should also be more prominent in party arenas.
 
- Parties should adopt the primary election system in selecting MP candidates in order to field true representatives of the people. 
 
- Heads of parties’ branches should also be able to participate in selecting their party leaders.