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Law amendments being prepared to pave way for local elections: Anupong

The Interior Ministry is preparing the amendment of laws related to local elections in order to pave the way for holding the polls, Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda said on Monday.

Any policy matters would be up to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to decide, he said, apparently alluding to the lifting of the ban on political gatherings.
Anupong did not confirm whether the legal amendments would touch upon changes to the qualifications of candidates for the tambon and municipal elections.
Local elections are seen by political observers as a test of the water by the NCPO before a national election is held.
Calls for the junta’s ban on political gatherings to be lifted are growing, with the measure still in place nationwide.

Published : November 13, 2017

By : The Nation