Lt Gen Chanchai Phuthong, as chairperson of the legislature’s ad hoc committee for the draft act, reported that all 144 articles of the bill have been reviewed and may enter the NLA’s second and third readings immediately.
His committee concluded that the bill must be consistent with the Members of Parliament election law to ensure the same standards of democratic representation and that local administrators are honest and just.
Meanwhile, Gen Paichayon Khatancharoen, chairperson of another ad hoc deliberation committee, said the special administration bills for Bangkok and Pattaya City have been revised to raise the minimum age requirement. Governors and senior administrators in the two cities must be at least 35 years old.
Additionally, governors can only hold a maximum of two, non-consecutive terms and must wait four years before running again for office. Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, and continue to be liable to investigation after leaving their posts.