NCPO cosiders local elections prior to general poll

Breaking News November 09, 2017 16:05

By The Nation

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Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam on Thursday said the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) was considering allowing local elections at various levels including tambons and municipalities.

Wissanu said the NCPO had discussed the matter with the Interior Ministry, adding that it was possible that the ban on political gatherings would be lifted for the elections.

The NCPO wanted to have local polls completed before the national election, Wissanu said.

However, the lifting of the ban would not be undertaken immediately because there were legal issues to be considered as preconditions, as several laws concerning local administrations were not in line with the new Constitution, Wissanu said.

He added that a legal amendment was under discussion by relevant agencies, which would meet with him soon.

It was necessary to keep the road map for local elections in mind, Wissanu said, although it was a different matter than the national “road map to democracy”.

The best approach would be to conduct local elections before the national election, otherwise they would overlap, he said.

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