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FWP at risk of being banned twice

Feb 25. 2020
Pita Limjaroenrat, Left, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Right
Pita Limjaroenrat, Left, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Right
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By The Nation

The ban of Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, former leader of the now-dissolved Future Forward Party, from future elections over a Bt191.2-million loan he extended to his party, reflects the fact that he has never been a reliable leader who might sow chaos in the country, said columnist Erawan of Thansettakij newspaper.

Representatives of the people must possess the right qualification and not doctor documents after entering the House of Representatives.

If a representative is not familiar with the law, he should consult the Election Commission first in order not to expose his party to legal risks. Because of Thanathorn’s childish behaviour, this country cannot depend on him.

He could face more charges through his attempt to establish a new party by handing over the 65 MPS to his successor Pita Limjaroenrat.

This move violates Section 28 of the Organic Act on Political Parties, B.E. 2560 (2017), prohibiting political parties to let persons who are not members of parties control, manipulate or persuade activities of the parties.

Violation of that section might lead to dissolution of the parties, according to Section 92 (3).

Furthermore, local politicians who are registered under Future Forward Party might be banned from future elections and their right to propose law prohibited for 10 years.

Before doing anything, Future Forward should prepare itself for the fallout of the dissolution, including charges from the Election Commission with might carry penalties of up to 10 years of imprisonment.

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