Election chief backs calls to lift political ban

NCPO resists move, says time not right

Election Commission chief Supachai Somcharoen says that now there is a new constitution in place, it is time to lift the ban on political parties and activities. (File photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The Election Commission (EC) joined calls Monday for the government to lift the ban on political activities following the promulgation of the charter, despite the regime pleading for patience.

EC chief, Supachai Somcharoen, said he backed a proposal that parties be allowed to resume activities now the charter has been royally endorsed.

He expressed confidence parties would have enough time to make preparations for a general election regardless of whether the National Council for Peace and Order, which has the final say on lifting the ban (NCPO), does so.

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