A 2,346-member national convention, appointed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, voted yesterday (19 December) to choose a new Thai National Assembly from among their own ranks.
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MV government official briefs students on balloting procedure
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MV & CU Thanat Korman
GV students handing out balloting cards to members
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GV members handing the balloting cards to students (2 shots)
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Background: A 2,346-member national convention, appointed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, voted yesterday (19 December) to choose a new Thai National Assembly from among their own ranks.
The two-day convention, held at Bangkok's Royal Turf Club race course, was opened on Tuesday by the King. Thousands of Thai students -- from the country's universities and high schools -- were recruited by the government to assist in yesterday's balloting.
The convention members, drawn from all walks of Thai society, voted to elect a new 299-member National Assembly to replace the one nominated by the former Thai military regime overthrown in October. Among the members was Thanat Korman, former Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Each convention member was allowed to vote for up to 100 people in a secret ballot. Once elected, the main purpose of the National Assembly would be to study the draft of a new constitution which is currently being drawn up by the government of Prime Minister Sanya Dharmasakti. Mr. Sanya's mainly civilian government has promised to promulgate a new democratic constitution by April next year and hold free elections afterwards.
The results of the ballot, which is unique in Thai history, will be handed to the Prime Minister today (20 December).