Prime Minister’s Office Spokesperson Lt Gen Sansern Kaeokamnerd made known following this week’s Cabinet meeting that approval has been given to a draft Royal Decree allowing for the selection of Senators in accordance with Election Commission (EC) suggestions. The approval keeps the process in line with the nation’s development roadmap and allows for 200 senators to be chosen before a 15 day period of grace, before the start of the election Members of Parliament.
Senators are to be divided into three groups. The first will comprise six individuals, military commanders, the police commander and ministry permanent secretaries.
The second group will be elected in three rounds with candidates to register between November 26 and 30 before the first poll among district professionals takes place on December 16, a provincial poll will take place on December 22 and a national poll will be held on December 27. Those selected will be whittled down to 200 individuals by January 2 or at the latest January 9 of next year. The list will be further reduced by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to 50 selections and 50 substitutes. The process is to be completed by late April, 2019.
The third group will be selected by a committee of 9-12 individuals set up by the NCPO. The body will choose 400 candidates and present them to the NCPO by February 9, 2019 and the council will choose 194 individuals with 50 substitutes.