Draft Bill for National Referendum on Constitutional Amendments

The Cabinet on 8 September 2020 approved the draft bill for a national referendum on constitutional amendments, following a proposal made by the Election Commission of Thailand.

The draft bill will be forwarded to the Office of the Council of State for screening as an urgent issue, before being presented to the National Assembly.

It seeks to amend the law governing national referendums in accordance with the Constitution of Thailand, so that the Election Commission will be able to legally organize and supervise the national referendum on constitutional amendments.

For instance, in the national referendum, voters must be Thai nationals and be at least 18 years old. Monks and novices should not be allowed to vote.

The organizing of the national referendum requires a budget of about three billion baht. If measures to prevent the spread of COVID are included, the cost could reach four billion baht.

 

Source: The Government Public Relations Department