NLA vice president: EC’s tentative election date close to roadmap

The Election Commission's timeline setting the tentative date for the next general election for Aug 19, 2018 is close to the timeline set in the government's roadmap, Surachai Liangboonlertchai, the first deputy president of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), said on Wednesday (July 19).

The tentative date, Aug 19 next year, was mentioned on Tuesday by EC chairman Supachai Somcharoen. Mr Supachai, however, said the date was not yet final.

Mr Surachai said the exact election date should be around the time mentioned by Mr Supachai.

He said the NLA is speeding up the deliberation of the 10 draft organic bills as required by the Constitution, especially the first four bills which are related to the election. He believed all parties concerned would speed up their work so that all of the bills are passed into laws as required by the roadmap.

Mr Surachai also denied as untrue criticisms that the bill on criminal procedures for holders of political positions, which was passed by the NLA on July 13, is intended to facilitate legal actions against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

He said the bill is designed for all backlog cases, not only the ones against Thaksin.

His comment came after the Pheu Thai Party issued a statement opposing the bill yesterday (July 18).

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)