The bill on the election of MPs has been sent to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and a general election is expected to be held next year according to the junta’s roadmap, National Legislative Assembly chairman Pornpetch Wichicholachai said on Tuesday.
Mr Pornpetch said he sent the bill to the prime minister on Friday (June 8). The prime minister is expected to forward it to His Majesty the King for royal approval as required by the law.
He believed a general election would be held in 2019 in line with the political roadmap declared by the military junta which seized power in 2014. The election has been tentatively set for February.
As for the bills seeking to amend laws on the elections of local administration organisations of all levels, Mr Pornpetch said the proposed amendments are still being examined by the Council of State before being sent to the NLA.
Mr Pornpetch said he did not know how long the NLA would take to consider the bills, adding that he wanted them to be passed into laws before the election of MPs.
He said the NLA will hold a meeting on June 14 to consider the national strategy bill. A committee will be set up to scrutinise the bill and the work is expected to be finished in 30 days. Cabinet ministers concerned may be invited to explain some points of the bill, Mr Pornpetch added.