The constituents and the constitution

As voters prepare to pass judgement on the draft charter, 'Spectrum' speaks to people from all walks of life across the country to assess the mood.

With one week to go before the historic referendum decision, voters are expressing an uneasy acceptance of the controversial charter which opens the way for the ruling military government to remain in power for another five years.

No, thank you: Members of civil groups show their opposition to the draft constitution during a seminar at Thammasat University's Tha Prachan campus. photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

In an effort to gauge the mood around the country, Spectrum interviewed dozens of voters from the North, Northeast, the South and Bangkok to try and ascertain their voting intentions, understanding of and future hopes for the constitution penned by Meechai Ruchupan. The interview subjects came from all walks of life, from farmers and business people to schoolteachers, lawyers, consultants and politicians.

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