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NLA committee cuts ban on entertainment during election campaigns


Democrat Party deputy leader Ongart Klampaiboon said he disagreed with the idea of providing entertainment to help woo voters during election campaigns, reasoning the budget set for an election should be spent judiciously.

Ongart said people pay less attention to political campaigns and speeches partly due to the proliferation of communication channels now available, including social media.
Budget spending for elections, he said, should be used wisely in activities with the greatest benefit for the public, as it is actually part of political reform.
Political spending should be conducted properly to prevent politicians from corrupting it.
The law vetting committee has removed a clause in the MPs election bill that would prohibit political parties from providing entertainment during their campaigns.
Taweesak Suthakavatin, the spokesperson for the NLA-appointed committee responsible for vetting the organic MPs election bill, said the committee had made a few changes to the Constitution Drafting Commission’s draft, including removing the ban on entertainment during elections.
Committee member Seri Suwanpanont said the committee viewed that entertainment could help woo voters to pay more attention to political campaigns and be more aware of politics.
He dismissed concern that this could be open to election fraud, saying that high technology is already in place to help the public keep an eye on any fraud that may arise in regard to the activities.

Published : January 11, 2018

By : The Nation