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Thanathorn urges public to sign petition to draft new charter


PROGRESSIVE Movement chairman Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit posted a message on X, formerly Twitter, urging the public to sign on paper that they support the writing of a new constitution after the Election Commission refused to accept an e-petition supported by 53,500 people, Matichon newspaper said today (Aug. 24).

Thanathorn said human rights watchdog iLaw and other agencies that had mounted this campaign to write a new charter on Aug. 13 had only till 8 p.m. tomorrow evening to get supporters to sign on paper that they do so.

“Please come and sign up at the Future Forward Building, just two minutes as the first step towards a people’s constitution,” he wrote.

The campaign, entitled “Completely write a new one, vote 100%” and hashtagged #conforall aims to get 50,000 people to sign their petition asking the new government to introduce a referendum on whether a completely new constitution should be written.

However the Election Commission has just said that an e-petition is not acceptable with people having to sign on paper that they support this campaign.

Members of iLaw said as of 8.30 a.m. this morning 14,200+ people had physically signed the petition out of 50,000 required with  35,800 signatures still needed.

Volunteers have set up tables at various points to collect signatures for this petition including at universities, coffee shops, bookstores, markets and BTS stations.


Top: Progressive Movement chairman Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s image next to a petition form and some of this campaign’s volunteers at rear. Photo: Matichon

Front Page: Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit campaigning in Chonburi and Chachoengsao for Move Forward Party’s candidates running in the May 14, 2023 election. Photo: Matichon

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