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NACC law set to be referred to Constitutional Court

Jan 17. 2018
NLA member Taweesak Suthakavatin
NLA member Taweesak Suthakavatin
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Members of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) who disagree with a new law allowing anti-graft commissioners to remain in the office said on Wednesday that they expected to gain the 25 signatures required to file a petition to the Constitutional Court on Thursday.

Taweesak Suthakavatin, one of the members, said the group would file the petition on behalf of the group, not the NLA. They would like to gain clarity on the issue so that the work of the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) would not be problematic in the future.

However, it’s up to the Court to deliberate and rule on the case, he said.

The NACC law, which was recently passed by the NLA, is controversial because it allows current NACC commissioners to remain in office even though some of them have qualifications that are prohibited under the new charter.

The Constitution Drafting Commission, which drafted the original bill that was amended by the NLA, earlier voiced concern on the issue, saying waiving the prohibition is equivalent to waiving the charter.

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