Possible scenarios after today’s charter debate

Charter Time Line 

  • November: The parliament must agree to amend Section 256 of the constitution first to allow for the setting up of the new charter writing committee. The first reading could be approved in principle in the same month. 
  • December: By the end of this month, the parliament should already be done with the second and third readings. 
  • January: The law for a referendum on the new chapter must be ratified by parliament first and then a referendum will be arranged to see if the majority of the voters wants to rewrite the charter or not.
  • February-April: The period when the new charter must be submitted for the King to sign it. 

The seven amendment and rewriting bills  

  1. Coalition’s petition: Allow for the amendment of Section 256 to set up a charter drafting committee. It will consists of 200 members. Of that, 150 will be directly elected by voters and 50 will be indirectly elected. 
  2. Sponsored by all parties, excluding Move Forward Party: Allow for the amendment of Section 256 with 200 members all directly elected by voters.   
  3. Opposition’s bill: Allow for the lifting of Section 159 which give appointed senators’ power to vote for the selection of PM
  4. Opposition’s bill: Allow for the lifting of Section 270 and 271 to lower the fully-appointed senate’s power to dictate on national reforms and long-term agendas. 
  5. Opposition’s bill: Allow for the lifting of Section 279 to revoke the orders of the previous junta, the National Council for Peace and Order. 
  6. Opposition’s bill: Allow for the changes within the current electoral system, the bill seek to reinstate the two-ballot system and amend the distribution of party-list MPs. 
  7. iLaw’s petition: Allow for the amendment of the entire constitution, including the sections that govern the power of the monarchy
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