The Constitution Drafting Committee has agreed to tone down the penalties for politicians and bureaucrats who sell or buy political or bureaucratic posts.
CDC chairman Meechai Ruchupan said Thursday that the CDC had toned down the provisions in the political party bill regarding the selling or buying of posts in political and bureaucratic circles.
The original version of the bill which advocates death penalty for the culprits found guilty of dealing in selling or buying of official posts has come under criticism especially by politicians for being too harsh against them.
Mr Meechai said that, under the amended version, Section 149 of the Criminal Code will be applied for cases in which politicians are accused of buying or selling positions in government service and in political circle.
But for bureaucrats accused of buying or selling posts in government service, the amended version entails three levels of punishment in accordance with the severity of the alleged offence: 5-10 years imprisonment; life imprisonment and death penalty.
As for political parties, Meechai said the CDC wanted members of the public to be co-owners of political parties instead of politicians alone and, as such, the public should have the right to choose party leaders, party executive committee and in the selection of election candidates.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)