The Election Commission has resolved that the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) should submit a summary of the draft charter within 15 days so preparations can be made for the public referendum, EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said yesterday.
The EC is tasked with publishing the draft charter and distributing it to 23 million households of eligible voters. It aims to distribute the full draft and the summarised content simultaneously so as to save on state funds.
Public-sector organisations have until July 29 to bid for the job of printing the referendum ballots and copies of the charter draft via the EC website.
The EC also resolved to set up a subcommittee to draft the commission’s announcements that will then be broadcast along with the views of critics and supporters of the draft charter. The EC will also consider setting up a stage to allow debate on the draft in a bid to foster justice and the rule of law.
The public announcements would also become a platform for voters to file objections or complaints against the referendum in line with the practice for elections to the lower house and Senate.
All announcements will be drafted at the end of this month.