The Constitution Drafting Committee has agreed to delete a provision in the political party bill which empowers the Constitutional Court to dissolve a party and to withdraw the right to contest an election of the party’s executive committee if it fails to perform one of the four mandatory tasks.
The four tasks which all political parties must perform are: to promote knowledge and understanding about democratic system with the King as the head of state; to propose guidelines of national development; to promote public participation and to promote national reconciliation.
CDC spokesman Norachit Singhaseni said the committee agreed to substitute a new provision empowering the Election Commission to warn political parties in case they do not perform any of the four tasks and, if they ignore the warning, the EC will be authorized to cut the financial subsidy for political parties.
The CDC has agreed to keep the legal requirement that each party must have at least one million baht registered investment, but to change the donation money to parties from 2,000 baht to 500,000 baht to 1,000-300,000 baht. Each party must recruit as many as 10,000 members in four years instead of 20,000 members.
The CDC, however, decided to retain death penalty and imprisonment from 5-20 years for politicians who are involved in selling and buying of political positions as stipulated in Section 44 of the political party bill.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)