The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has begun considering a section of the draft legislation on Members of Parliament to do with delaying its effect for 90 days after it is announced.
The section is the second of 178 contained in the draft legislation and was recently revamped to allow for the effects of the bill to be delayed by 90 days after it is announced in the Royal Gazette. Chairman of the committee reviewing the draft Wittaya Piewpong underlined the importance of the bill to the nation’s general election and its broad effects, reasoning that time must be allotted for political parties to adapt to changes in regulation.
Taweesak Sutkawatin, representing a minority that wants the extension to last up to 120 days, warned that conflict could arise if not enough time is allowed.
Constitution Drafting Commission representative Praphan Naikowit, however, noted that all relevant bodies would be properly briefed on the changes under the legislation long before it is put into effect, making a delay to its application unnecessary.