PM invokes Section 44 to amend Political Party Act

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Dec 22) that he has invoked Section 44 of the interim charter to amend the Political Party Act to give parties more time to prepare for the general election.

Gen Prayut, also head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) did not elaborate about the order, saying that the detail of the order would be made public once it is officially announced.

The NCPO earlier this week approved the use of Section 44 to amend some sections of the Political Party Act to enable political parties to proceed with administrative tasks, such as recruiting party members, updating party membership database, and elect party executives.

Under the Political Parties Act, political parties have 180 days from Oct 8, when the law took effect, to prepare for the election.

However, political parties said the current ban on political parties make it impossible for them to complete task in time.

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva earlier said  his party was not troubled by the invocation of Section 44 to solve political activities deadlock, but the military junta needed to ensure that it would provide fair and clear conditions for all parties equally.