CDC agrees to scrap open list and adopt one party list

The Constitution Drafting Committee has decided to scrap the open list electoral system and to adopt one single party list for parties contesting the next general election, said CDC spokesman General Lertrat Rattanavanich on Monday.

The CDC met on Monday to deliberate Sections 103-120 regarding the parliamentary chapter of the draft constitution.

General Lertrat said that the original charter draft stipulated that there would be a party list for each of the six electoral regions which, he explained, was very complicated for parties to prepare the lists for their candidates contesting the elections.

Hence, the CDC has decided to adopt just one party list for each individual party and this will reduce the number of party list MPs to 150 from the original number of 200 and, at the same time, will increase the number of constituency MPs to between 450-470, said General Lertrat.

As for the structure of the Senate, the CDC will deliberate the issue probably on Wednesday.