Khunying Sudarat slams draft charter

Thai Rak Thai co-founder says watchdogs could vie to bring down government

Khunying Sudarat says CDC leader Meechai Ruchupan (above) has given excessive powers to independent agencies in the new constitution. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

The draft charter is giving independent agencies too much power to monitor or reject policies floated to woo voters during election campaigns, says Khunying Sudarat Keyurapan, the former deputy leader of the defunct Thai Rak Thai Party.

The draft charter may include tougher measures to combat corruption but it also entrusts independent agencies with excessive powers, which can be disruptive to the national administration, said Khunying Sudarat in an interview with the Bangkok Post.

She disagreed with the Constitutional Court and independent agencies such as the Election Commission (EC), the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Office of the Auditor-General being authorised to screen and even approve parties' campaign policies. 

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