New parties to show up to apply for party registration on Friday

Several new parties, including the so-called PDRC (People’s Democratic Reform Committee) party and the New Palang Dharma party, are expected to apply for registration at the office of the Election Commission on Friday (March 2) when the office starts accepting applications.

New Palang Dharma party founder Dr Ravee Maschamadol said a press conference would be held at party’s head office on Thursday (March 1) to announce the launch of the new party.

He said he would tell the media about the role of Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang, former leader of the Palang Dharma party, in the new party which he expected to be another option for the electorate.

Chamlong Srimuang

The party will be an ally with Suthep Thaugsuban, former leader of the PDRC, and will support the “most suitable person” to become the next prime minister.

“If Gen Prayut is the most suitable person to become the prime minister, then our party will support Gen Prayut,” Dr Ravee said.

Mr Suthep’s younger brother, Thani, said former members of the PDRC should show up at the EC office on Friday to apply for the registration of the PDRC party.

He said most of the party’s candidates for the next election would be members of the Democrat party and local politicians, but not former MPs of the party.  He admitted that the party’s supporting political base might duplicate with that of the Democrat party.

Regarding the party’s candidate for the premiership, Mr Thani said he would like to keep it confidential for the time being.