PAD fights amendments
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The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has threatened to hold a 20,000-signature collection campaign against MPs who join the bid by the government to amend the constitution.
The campaign will kick off at the PAD's second political forum on Friday at Thammasat University.
PAD coordinator Suriyasai Katasila said the 20,000 signatures, which were expected to be gathered within 15 days, would be submitted to the Senate to impeach politicians supporting the move.
The activist was speaking after a PAD meeting at the October 14 Memorial at the Kok Wua intersection yesterday.
He said the group would also ask the Office of the Attorney-General to rule on the proposed amendments.
The PAD said confrontations were unavoidable in the next two months as PAD networks nationwide mobilise in mass demonstrations to oppose charter amendments, while the government presses ahead with the move.
The PAD said MPs joining the bid to change the constitution would be violating Article 122, which stipulates that constitutional amendments by politicians must be made for the common interest of the people and be without any conflicts of interest.
The government's attempts to rewrite the constitution are seen as a conflict of interest, it said. Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej suggested the need to revamp the Election Commission (EC) and the National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC). The PAD demanded the government hold a referendum on the proposed amendments.
Democrat deputy leader Jurin Laksanavisit said the charter amendments were for the government's own benefit.
The first step was to amend Article 237, involving party dissolution.
Mr Jurin said the last step was to weaken independent agencies to serve the government's own interests and establish a new and submissive independent agency under its orders.