Election, two other laws untouched

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Monday issued an announcement confirming that the Election Act, the Political Parties Act and the Public Referendum Act, organic laws under the 2007 constitution, remain in effect until further notice.

After the May 22 coup, the NCPO issued Announcement No 11 abolishing the 2007 constitution, except Chapter 2 regarding the royal institution.

The announcement also kept in existence all courts, to handle legal cases under all existing laws and NCPO announcements, as well as independent agencies and other organisations established under the 2007 constitution.

The NCPO today issued Announcement No 57 to make it clear that despite the abolition of the 2007 constitution the Election Act, the Political Parties Act and the Public Referendum Act, are to remain in effect.

The Election Act concerns the election of members of the House of Representatives and the process of selecting and electing members of the Senate.  However, under this announcement, the elections of MPs and the selections and elections of senators under this act are suspended during this time pending further notice.

Although the Political Parties Act is deemed  still in force, political parties in existence are prohibited from holding meetings or conducting any political activities for the time-being. 

The establishment or registration of new political parties is also suspended, so is the payment to existing political parties from the Political Parties Development Fund.

The Public Referendum Act is to remain in effect until further notice.

All cases and petitions previously filed under the three aforementioned laws with the Election Commission (EC), the political party registrar or the courts before May 22 will continue to be handled by these agencies.

The NCPO's announcement issued today also stipulates that the Supreme Court is empowered to consider and make rulings on cases related to elections and the revocation of rights in the election of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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