July 11, 2014, 4:04 p.m.
Cambodia: Prime Minister Hun SEN of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has declined the opposition, Cambodia National Rescue Party’s (CNRP) proposal that National Election Committee (NEC) officials and personnel be approved by two-thirds of parliament.[i] The CPP has proposed that a simple majority vote should suffice. The two parties agreed to make the NEC a constitutionally mandated body, but cannot agree on how to appoint members. The opposition won two-thirds of parliament in July 2013.[ii] Civil society groups say that with the two-thirds majority provision, the NEC will be a more independent institution.[iii]
Ireland: Prime Minister Enda KENNY announced that a referendum on same-sex marriage will be held in the first four months of 2015.[iv] No precise date has been given yet, issues such as adoption still need to be figured out. The governing coalition led by Fine Gael had promised to put the issue to referendum. Approximately 76 percent of Irish voters support the referendum.
Thailand: The military junta in Thailand plans to set up an “interim” constitution in July 2014 and to hold the next round of elections in October 2015, its leader Army commander General Prayuth CHAN-OCHA announced. A “temporary constitution” will allow an interim legislature and Cabinet to “begin governing the country in September ” he said.[vi] He also claimed, an “appointed reform council and constitution drafting committee will then work on a long-term charter” to take effect July 2015.[vii] Thailand's Royal Thai Army Forces came to power in a coup this year on 22 May, deposing the former democratically elected government.