Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam

Politics ban ‘won’t affect election road map’

Breaking News November 01, 2017 16:14

By The Nation

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Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam maintained that everyone was well aware of all the deadlines political parties have to meet and insisted that the current political-activities ban would not affect the road map.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) had had discussions about a month ago about lifting the ban. and had set out a schedule as to what to do and when, Wissanu said. But he refused to give out any details, stressing that it was only for the NCPO to say.

The remark came after the NCPO refused to relax the political ban despite the fact that the relevant organic laws took effect more than three weeks ago.

Wissanu insisted that the major road map would remain unaffected.

“We are well aware of what political parties have to do and how. Although now they are not allowed (to conduct activities), there will not be a problem,” he said. “The law has stipulated that the Election Commission (EC) could consider case by case and decide to extend the timeframe.”

The political parties will have time to campaign before the election, Wissanu said.

In a related development, the vacancies on the EC still remain. Wissanu said if that remains the case, the current acting commissioner could start organising the election.