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WITH THE deadline drawing close for political parties to file details under the new party bill, the law should not be amended any further as it might lead to another delay in the election, a key figure from the Chartthai Pattana Party said yesterday.

Nikorn Chamnong, the party’s director, explained that the bill is one of four organic laws essential to organise the general election. According to the charter, the election must be held within 150 days of the enactment of all four laws.
Enacted last month, the political party bill raises concerns among politicians as its Article 141 requires parties to report any change of membership to a not-yet-appointed registrar within 90 days of its enactment. 
The deadline will be in early January, but no party has been able to file its report because they are restrained by the junta order that bans political gatherings of five or more people.
Amending the law could allow parties more time to prepare themselves but would also bring even more delays to the election, Nikorn added.
Yesterday at the Government Complex in Bangkok, Nikorn met with Anek Laothamatas, who leads the junta-appointed political reform committee, for discussions on paving reform plans as part of a legally binding long-term strategy.
Anek is also due to meet key figures from Bhumjaithai Party today, Democrat Party and Chart Pattana Party tomorrow, and Pheu Thai Party next Tuesday.
The first political reform draft should be finished by next month, he said. Then, it would be forwarded to 10 other reform committees to be amended, before being submitted to the national strategy committee so it can be merged with the 20-year national strategy plan. This should all be done by next April.
 

Published : November 20, 2017

By : The Nation