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Deputy PM to discuss election timing with new EC

Dec 07. 2017
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By The Nation

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Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said he would soon discuss the road map to the next election with the new Election Commissioners.

Wissanu said on Thursday that the discussion would take place after the seven new EC commissioners are approved by the National Legislative assembly (NLA).

The NLA is scheduled to consider the list on December 14, NLA whip spokesman Jate Siratharanon said.

Wissanu said the government cannot order the EC to schedule an election but the Commission has authority to issue regulations for the government to follow.

PM Prayut had earlier promised the next election would be held in November next year.

The seven new EC members are former Interior Ministry executive Pracha Terat, high-ranking communications official Takorn Tanthasit, education institute executives Ruangwit Kadesuwan and Issaree Hansacharoonroj, independent legal consultant Chompan Pongcharoen Sutheerachat, Supreme Court Justice Pakorn Mahannop, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Chatchai Chanpraisri.

The first five members were chosen by a selection committee while the latter two were chosen by the Supreme Court. The previous EC members were required to leave their positions under the new EC organic law.

Wissanu said he has faith the new EC, pointing to their experience and the intensive selection process.

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