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Date to lift political ban to be published soon: Wissanu

Dec 21. 2017
Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam
Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam
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Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Thursday that when Article 44 is invoked to help amend the political party law, it would clearly state when the junta would lift a political ban.

“You will know immediately when you see it. This is to let you know in advance when [the ban would be lifted], said Wissanu, the government’s legal chief.

Government spokesperson Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd earlier hinted that it would be after the MPs election bill is promulgated, possibly in June next year.

The invocation of Article 44 was announced on Tuesday with its prime purpose to help ease time limits for political parties to pursue some activities, including updating and registering their party membership. Under the previous deadline, that would have to be done by January 5. But the Tuesday announcement extended the deadlines to be in line with the first periods addressed under the law, Wissanu said. For instance, registration of party membership would be given another 90 days.

The amendment would facilitate new parties catching up with old parties as they have to start from scratch, Wissanu said. New parties would need to register their parties, recruit founders and members, select their executives, and so on, he said.

Wissanu insisted that the extension of the party’s administrative periods would not affect the roadmap to the election, which would be held in November 2018.

Meanwhile, Wissanu also said the national strategy would be completed in January next year. The reform plans, he added, would also be submitted for further implementation by the government this month. The reform committees would then be tasked with monitoring implementation of the plan over the next five years.

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