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No appointed MPs discussed : EC

Election Commission secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong yesterday denied that the EC had discussed the possibility of having appointed MPs as part of the junta-led political reform plan.

Puchong was speaking after Defence Ministry permanent secretary Surasak Kanjanarat, who heads the reform panel of the National Council for Peace and Order, invited the EC to discuss revamping laws to ensure free and fair elections.

He said the EC pointed out some outdated, unclear laws and some loopholes that made it hard for the commission to implement and manage elections.

He said the EC would meet on Thursday to propose changes and solutions to problems.

He acknowledged that the reform panel headed by Surasak had asked the EC about reports about appointed MPs.

He said the EC told the panel that it had never heard such reports and never considered such a possibility.


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