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Political activity ban lifted ahead of 2019 election

Dec 11. 2018
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By The Nation

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The junta on December 11 lifted restrictions on political activities that have been in effect since the 2014 military coup led by the then Army commander-in-chief Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The lifting reverses a prohibition on political parties convening meetings or organising political activities. The cancelled restrictions include the ban on political gatherings of five or more people.

The Royal Gazette on December 11 published the ban lifting

As a result of the move, election campaigning can begin from January 2, once the Royal Decree on the general elections is issued.

Also lifted was an order banning financial transactions involving people’s assets that were deemed necessary for the sake of national security and the public’s life and assets security.

The cancellation of the orders was aimed at facilitating political activities in advance of the general election expected on February 24, the first under the 2017 Constitution.

The announcement came after the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed on December 7 that the poll will definitely be held on February 24.

The new law on MP elections also came into effect on December 11.

With the new legislation in effect, the ruling National Council for Peace and Order is essentially forced to lift restrictions on public discussion of issues.

 

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