DPM Wissanu assures election to be held next February unless petitions lodged with Constitution Court

Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krea-ngam reiterated Wednesday (Jan 31) that the election roadmap would be in February next year unless there is an unpredictable event when the Constitutional Court is asked to interpret certain provisions of the Senate or MP election laws.

Minus the issue concerning the Constitutional Court, he said that the election would be held next February even if the Senate or the MP election laws are to be reviewed by a joint scrutiny committee because this factor has already been calculated in advance.

The government's top legal expert said that the unpredictable incident could arise when one-tenth of the members of the National Legislative Assembly or just 25 of them petitioned the charter court to interpret certain provisions of either of the two election laws or members of the public could ask the prime minister to raise the issue with the charter court.

In either case, he noted that there is no set timeframe for the Constitutional Court about how long will it take to interpret the questionable provisions of the Senate or MP election laws.

Regarding the easing of the ban against political activities, Mr Wissanu said that he would raise the issue at the next meeting of the National Council for Peace and Order.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)