Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Regime under pressure to lift politics ban

BANGKOK: Pressure is mounting on the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to lift the ban on political activities immediately in light of the Constitutional Court’s ruling in favour of an NCPO order amending the organic law on political parties.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 6 June 2018, 09:05AM

Official spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd (centre) and aides are tasked with defending the continuing ban on political activities ordered more than four years ago by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). Photo: Bangkok Post / File

Official spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd (centre) and aides are tasked with defending the continuing ban on political activities ordered more than four years ago by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). Photo: Bangkok Post / File

The Constitutional Court yesterday (June 5) ruled that Order No.53/2560 issued on Dec 22 last year by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in his capacity as the NCPO chief did not violate the 2017 constitution.

The court ruling was in response to petitions that two main political parties, Pheu Thai and the Democrats, earlier filed separately through the Office of the Ombudsman.

The amendments require members of existing political parties to reconfirm their membership and verify their qualifications, as well as pay membership fees, within 30 days of April 1.

Parties are also required to hold general assemblies, elect leaders and executives, write a manifesto and regulations, and set up provincial branches within 90 days of the NCPO ban on political activities being lifted.

The petitioners argued that the amendments did not protect their members and imposed an unreasonably heavy burden on them, limited their rights and liberties and were discriminatory.

However, the Constitutional Court yesterday ruled against these charges.

In light of the court’s ruling, Yutthaporn Issarachai, a political scientist at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, said that the NCPO must allow political activities straight away.

It is important to allow parties to resume activities so they can prepare for the general election expected in February next year. Otherwise, the poll would not be seen to be free and fair given that some new parties can now proceed with their activities while existing parties are still banned from doing so, Mr Yutthaporn said.

Chousak Sirinil, head of Pheu Thai’s legal team, said that the sooner the ban is lifted, the better.

If and when the ban is lifted, the party must rush to recruit members and set up at least four regional branches as stipulated by the organic law on political parties. Setting up a party branch is no easy task because each branch must have at least 500 members, he said.

Gen Prayut yesterday refused to be drawn over his proposed meeting with political parties to discuss issues associated with the poll preparations.

“The election roadmap will remain the same. It will be in February 2019. Don’t criticise or push for an earlier election,” he stated when asked about his timeframe.

Speculation is rife the NCPO will lift the ban this month to allow parties to prepare for the poll, which has already been delayed numerous times.

Read original story here.



Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Phuket Opinion: A question of faith

Well said, as most of us intelligent people know.. however, some choose not to understand the origin...(Read More)

Suvarnabhumi’s new terminal designer set to sue

How can any bid even be accepted never mind win if it doesn't include a price? Also. Corrupti...(Read More)

Ministry backtracks on visa fee waiver plan

Visa waver,...YES.. Visa waver,...NO.. All on the same day. When they start all together thi...(Read More)

Nappy change: Dutch to turn diapers into furniture

A great recycling process. Recycling = making money/good business. When thai follow with recycling ...(Read More)

American tourist in ICU after Krabi rock climbing fall

Wow, talking about mental capacity of commenters? What about your comments regarding drowning victim...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: A question of faith

A great PN Reflection. Now a reality reflection of the festival organisers. Indeed, back to the ro...(Read More)

Over 1,000 arrested in Phuket ‘Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner’ clampdown

I don't care where they are kept right now,as long as they get kicked out asap!...(Read More)

Phuket Robinson launches ‘Lingerie Sharing” project

Very good idea and campaign ! Wouldn't it be a nice gesture if C.S.;K. would donate some of thei...(Read More)

Poor service quality dogs airport ranking

"Hire foreign professionals..."Yep,Kurt ! I would recommend those responsible for the &quo...(Read More)

Similans limited: Tourist quota shakes tour operators

I went scuba diving to the Similans in March 2013 and was shocked about the amount of damage under w...(Read More)


Melbourne Cup 2018