CDC does not want direct election of senators

The Constitution Drafting Committee has agreed to drop direct election of senators for fear that this electoral system will enable political parties to have influence on the senators.

CDC spokesman Udom Rath-amarit said Thursday that the CDC had not completed its deliberation on issues related to senators but the committee agreed in principle that it would not want direct election of senators out of concern that this system would open the leeway for political parties to have influence or control over senators.

He said that CDC didn’t want non-elected senators either and might opt for indirect election mode instead but details about this is yet to be finalized.

Regarding party list MP seats, Mr Udom said the CDC appeared to be in favour of capping the number of seats at 150 as maximum but has not concluded on the calculation system to share out the seats among contesting parties.