Monday, May 11, 2009

Time from municipal decision to constituency definition

As there was no update of the transcripts of the board meetings deciding on municipal changes - the latest one is still from November 28 - I am now wondering whether the large number of upgrades of TAO to Thesaban seen in the last two years will continue this year, or due to the financial crisis the upgrades are temporarily halted. The only other source to find out about new municipalities is the Royal Gazette, however not announcements publishing the creation of the municipality but announcements on the setup of the constituencies in the new municipality.

The latest of this kind of announcements is from April 24 (Gazette), and it is on the subdistrict municipality Chan Di (เทศบาลตำบลจันดี) in Nakhon Si Thammarat, however not a newly created one, so it is only an adjustment of the constituency boundaries. In fact, there was no announcement yet on a municipality I had not yet in my list. Does this mean there were no upgrades decided upon yet?

So after some programming I could calculate the time between the board meeting and the announcement in the Royal Gazette. The mean time between the two dates is 156 days, with the shortest time period was 75 days for Sa-nga Ban (เทศบาลตำบลสง่าบ้าน) in Chiang Mai and the longest 522 days for Bang Krathuek (เทศบาลตำบลบางกระทึก) in Nakhon Pathom. So if there were any decisions not yet documented in the transcripts they might show up in the Gazette soon. But most of the decisions were in the months April to June, so it the fact that there's no announcement yet doesn't mean much for this years' upgrades.

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