NLA Chairman Meechai Ruchuphan led the latest sitting of the assembly on the draft organic law to do with state auditing during which he remarked the draft should help address obstacles against integration between the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) and the country’s Auditor General.
Under the legislation, the general will have to forward any discoveries of misconduct to the OAG as well as the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and if finding NACC members involved in misconduct, must complete the investigation before submitting the case to the Central Budget Bureau and the NACC.
The Speaker of the Senate will serve as the independent monitor of such cases. Overall, the changes to the law bring protocols to do with the OAG and NACC more in line with those imposed on other agencies.
NLA members agreed with the sentiment of the draft, especially the need for integration, adding that local OAG offices should work under a unified policy governing their budget.
The draft was accepted with 164 votes to 1 and a panel of 50 assembly members have been given 7 days to revise the legislation.