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Political party bill amendments agreed

Aug 01. 2017
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By The Nation

The joint law review committee resolved on Tuesday to amend two points in the political party draft bill following objections from the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC).

The bill is the second of the 10 organic laws under the new charter passed by the National Legislative Assembly, but the CDC raised objections to some points in it, including the primary voting system, resulting in the establishment of a committee to review the bill.

The committee agreed to allow political party leaders to contest either in constituencies or be placed as their parties’ first party list candidate.

Secondly, the primary voting system would come with penalties, including a five-year ban from politics. However, any fraud in primary voting would not lead to party dissolution as first proposed, Wallop Tangkananurak, the committee’s spokesperson said.

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