Pro-election group wants NCPO to be disbanded

Pro-election activists rallied at the soccer field of Thammasat University late Saturday afternoon (March 10) to demand the dissolution of the National Council for Peace and Order and the transformation of the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha into an interim government tasked with holding a national election this November.

The group said in a statement that they did not trust the NCPO’s promise to hold the election within February next year and wanted the junta to start acting instead of just mere words to prove its sincerity to hold an election as quick as possible and to not stay on in power after the election.

The dissolution of the NCPO is the first step of guarantee that there will be an election and no perpetuation of power by the junta after the election, said the group in their statement.

They also demanded that all the NCPO orders that restrict the right of free expressions, bans political assembly of more than five people and political activities by police parties be revoked immediately.

The group said as long as these orders exist, there will always be the excuse by the government or the NCPO to further postpone the election.

At the start of the rally, the group burned 36 joss sticks as the symbolic gesture of their demand for the NCPO to be disbanded.  

The group was led by Rangsiman Rome, Sirawith Seritiwat and Ms Nuttaa mahattana.

Meanwhile, the Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) has launched a signature campaign to collect up to 10,000 signatures to support the drafting of a proposed bill to revoke all the 35 NCPO announcement and NCPO head orders which restrict rights of free expression and liberties of the people.

Latest report from iLaw said that about 1,000 signatures have been collected on the first day.

The pro-election gathering ended at about 9 pm. They plansto hold their next rally on March 24, also at Thammasat University.