By THE NATION
The court has scheduled a debate on the same day concerning separate petitions on the constitutionality of the organic law on MP elections and a junta order amending the Political Parties Act.
Thirty National Legislative Assembly (NLA) members brought the first case to court through its president, Pornpetch Wichitcholchai.
They are seeking a decision on whether certain provisions and requirements about the initial voting and selection of senators are constitutional.
The judges involved have studied the petition by the NLA members and debated the matter, according to a press release issued yesterday.
The judges will disclose their individual judgements and vote on a final verdict on May 23, the court said.
The second case was brought to court by 27 NLA members through the assembly’s president, seeking a verdict on whether certain provisions in the bill on the election of MPs are constitutional.
According to a press release, the court has scheduled May 23 for the judges involved to debate the issues in the case to arrive at a verdict.
The third case was brought to court by the Ombudsman’s Office following separate petitions by the Pheu Thai and Democrat parties.
The Ombudsman’s Office asked the court to rule whether Order No 53/2560 issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in December |was in conflict with the Constitution.
The order issued by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the NCPO chief, in effect amended the Political Parties Act, which has not been fully enacted due to a ban imposed by the ruling junta on political activities.
The court said Pheu Thai and the Democrats had submitted their statements to the court but that the NCPO leader had asked for an extension to his May 11 deadline.
“The court granted the request and scheduled May 23 for a debate that will lead to the judgement,” the press release said.