The New Democracy Party has submitted a petition to object to the National Legislative Assembly’s decision to delay the effective date of the new law governing the election of Members of Parliament.
Mr. Suratin Phichan, leader of the New Democracy Party, on Tuesday, led a group of representatives of 19 political parties to meet with and submit a petition to the NLA President.
The petition against the NLA’s decision to postpone the effective date of the new law by 90 days, was handed to the chairman of the NLA committee on education and sports Tuang Antachai and secretary general of the special committee in charge of the law Nipon Narapitakkul.
Mr. Suratin said that such a postponement would result in the delay of the much-anticipated general election despite the Prime Minister’s repeated confirmation that the poll would take place before the end of this year.
With expectations from both Thais and the international community of an election in 2018, any delay to the plan can only hurt Thailand’s reputation, he added.
Mr. Suratin also asked for the removal of the primary vote system from the next election, as he believes the absence of this new system would not put any party at a disadvantage.
Mr. Tuang of the NLA informed the petitioners that the decision to delay the new law’s effective date was made solely by the legislature and the PM has had nothing to do with it, while asking all to wait for the main NLA assembly on January 25, which will discuss the issue again.