CDC chair warns primaries may cause problem in practice

Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Ruchupan on Monday has voiced his concern over the National Legislative Assembly’s political party bill, noting that the clause requiring political parties to hold primaries in their selection of election candidates may cause problem in actual practice.

He pointed out that holding primaries to select election candidates would take time and he was not sure that political parties would be able to field their candidates in time.

Normally, registration of election candidacy is held 7-10 days after the announcement of the election date, said Meechai, adding that the political party bill requires all parties to stage primaries before they are eligible to field candidates.

Nevertheless, he said he had no objection against political parties holding primaries to select their candidates and the CDC is willing to help out to resolve any problem to emerge.

The CDC chairman said the NLA must find out whether the mandatory holding of primaries would block parties from fielding candidates or not as the Constitution wants all parties to be able to field their candidates.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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