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Paiboon proposes cancelling primary round of voting

The founder of the People’s Reform Party, Paiboon Nititawan, has said he will submit proposals to National Legislative Assembly (NLA) President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to create exemptions regarding the political party law, including provisions for a primary round of voting.

Paiboon said the primary vote would require procedures that he believed parties would not be able to conduct.
Exemptions could be implemented via Article 44 or normal NLA processes, he said.
Paiboon also called for the junta’s ban on political gathering and activities to remain in force until the Election Commission declares the election results. However, some exemptions should be made for political activities within parties, such as meetings, he said.
The latest proposals came on top of Paiboon’s call last week to waive the collection of membership fees for new parties, which he said would reset parties’ membership.

Published : December 19, 2017

By : The Nation