Military junta says its order allows more public participation in politics process

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday reiterated that the invocation of Section 44 by the prime minister was aimed at allowing the people to have more participation in political process while addressing problems of existing political parties.

NCPO spokesman Maj Gen Piyapong Klinpan said the order issued by the prime minister as head of the NCPO partly aims to address the problems relating to registration of part membership, examination of new members, identification, and donations.

He said these processes aimed to enable the people to have true participation both in identification and donations.

He said as politicians have earlier pledged to help in the reform of democracy for transparency, they should accept the change.

Any criticism that the order brings about disturbances would only disappoint the societies, he said.

He also rejected accusation that the military junta has hidden agenda in issuing the order, saying what it wanted was to allow more public participation in the process.

Earlier Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday invoked Section 44 order to address parties’ immediate concerns they could not meet the January 5 deadline under the new organic law that requires parties to update their memberships and registrations.

However, the order gives new parties a one-month head start over existing ones while existing parties will not be able to begin the registration process until April 1 next year.

Under the order, new parties can start forming on March 1.

Existing parties also claimed that the order that requires all party members to register again is tantamount to a “reset” that will open the door for some membees to defect to new party.