Reform council draws 3,174 nominees

A total of 3,174 people have applied to become members of the National Reform Council (NRC) since nominations for the 250-member body opened two weeks ago, the Election Commission said on Wednesday.

Of the total shortlisted candidates, 1,284 were nominated by legal entities and the rest were picked by provincial screening committees to represent each province, said Boonyakiat Rakchartcharoen, deputy secretary-general of the EC.

Among the 11 areas of national reform set out by the military junta, education saw the highest number of candidates at 224, while state administration had the least at 53, he said. 

Nominations for the NRC opened on Aug 14 and can be made until Sept 2. 

The junta will choose 250 people from candidate lists offered by the administrative panels established by the EC to receive applications for the NRC. Seventy-seven NRC members will come from the provinces and another 173 from 11 fields. 

These include politics, state administration, law and justice, education and the economy. Other fields include energy, public health, environment and the mass media. 

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