CDC chairman says he has to see written proposal on selected Senate first

Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Ruchupan said Friday he was waiting for a formal proposal about non-elected Senate during the transition period from Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.

He said he could not make any comment about the controversial proposal whether it could be done or could not be done. He disclosed that there was an agreement between the CDC and the military junta as well as the government that if there is any problem about the charter draft between them they would communicate through writings instead of face-to-face discussions.

He said that he would like to see the formal proposal in writing first before he could say whether the proposal could be done or not and, if it could not done, then the two sides might have talks.

Mr Meechai explained that the transitional mechanism written in the charter draft was normal but if there must be something special for the transition period, then it must be clearly stipulated.

He maintained that the CDC had limited time to do its job and it could not afford to make amendments too many times.

Regarding the proposed amendments of the non-governmental organizations, the CDC chairman said that only those which are deemed beneficial to the public at large would be incorporated to the draft. He made clear that the CDC would not accept every proposed amendment.