Does Thailand need a senate?

Further to my previous comments about the “unrepresentative swill” of Senates, I was interested to read the following snippet from The Nation:

Controversy over the allocation of debating time caused a walkout of some CDA [Constitution Drafting Assembly] members, forcing yesterday’s session to be suspended for two hours. CDA member Chirmsak Pinthong led the walkout after 90 minutes of the morning session. He was trying to convince other members to back his bid to reject the existence of the Senate. He disagreed with the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), whose draft supports the parliamentary system with two bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives.  Chirmsak said history had proved neither non-elected nor elected senators had provided much benefit for the nation. Only the House was enough to run the legislative tasks because its committees and the Council of State had overseen and checked legal affairs, he said, adding it was unnecessary to have a Senate.

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