DEFIANT politicians from major political parties have opposed a junta proposal to bar any criticism of the regime during the campaign for the next election, saying criticism was a form of freedom of expression protected by the Constitution. In a related development, Prawit said yesterday the NCPO would decide when the local elections should take place. Prawit said that the NCPO still had to consider all the steps needed before lifting the ban on political parties’ activities. In some constituencies, local elections involved political parties, he said. Meechai Ruchupan, the chief charter drafter, also said it would take at least one or two months before local elections could be held to allow for the amendment of relevant laws.
Source: The Nation Bangkok November 14, 2017 15:11 UTC