(NNT) -Government whip expects the constitutional amendments to go before a joint sitting of parliament on November 23.
Government chief whip Witthaya Kaewparadai said government and opposition whips have agreed to send the drafts of the charter amendments to the cabinet meeting on November 23. The proposed amendments are to Section 190 and Sections 93-98 of the charter. Section 190 deals with parliamentary approval of international agreements, while Sections 93-98 cover the electoral system.
However, President of the opposition whip, Wittaya Boonasiri, said the pushing of the amendments looked quite suspicious, given the present parliament would come to a close in a week’s time. Unless the vetting of the amendment, expected to take two days, could be finished in time, an extra-ordinary session would have to be called.
Meanwhile, Parliament President Chai Chidchob said the proposal on the amendments, sponsored by the government, should be put on the agenda of the meeting of the two Houses. Once they were on the agenda, he would call for a meeting with whips from the three sides, the government, the Opposition, and the Senate, to prepare for the debate. He would also call for a joint meeting of the two Houses next week.