EC puts brakes on 350-billion baht water project

The Election Commission (EC) has put brakes on the 350-billion baht water and flood management projects of the caretaker government until the February 2 election is over.

EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said the commission’s action came after the deputy permanent secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office came to seek its advice on the 350 billion baht water and flood management projects which is still in the process of holding public forums to sound out the opinions of local people.

According to the deputy permanent secretary-general, public forums had been held in 74 provinces with the remaining three provinces, namely Nakhon Pathom, Kanchanaburi and Bangkok, still pending.

After the discussion the EC has formally notify the PM’s Office to suspend its public forum until the election is held, reasoning that the forum might be relevant to the government and could violate Article 181 of the Constitution in regard to the use of state resources for election campaign.