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Political ban lifted ahead of February 24 election

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The Thai Junta, aka NCPO, has today lifted restrictions on political activities that have been in effect since the May 2014 military coup.

The Nation reports the the lifts a previous prohibition on political parties holding meetings or organising political activities. The cancelled restrictions include the ban on political gatherings of five or more people.

The Royal Gazette has published the ban lifting today. This officially sets in train the countdown to the February 24 election.

As a result of the today’s announcement, election campaigning can begin from January 2, once the Royal Decree on the general elections is issued.

Also lifted today was an order banning financial transactions involving people’s assets that were deemed necessary for the sake of national security and the public’s life and assets security.

The cancellation of the orders was aimed at facilitating political activities in advance of the general election expected on February 24, the first under the 2017 Constitution.

The announcement follows an announcement made by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha on December 7 that the poll will definitely be held on February 24.

The new law on MP elections also came into effect on December 11.

With the new legislation in effect, the ruling NCPO is essentially forced to lift restrictions on public discussion of issues.

Political ban lifted ahead of February 24 election | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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