“Wissanu” is expected this Friday. Election Commission announces election date on May 14 Instructing civil servants not to interfere with campaigning Revealing the budget for elections, constituency MPs, 1.9 million baht per person, a total of 100 rosters, 44 million baht, repeating the appointment and transfer High-ranking executives – from the central government must enter the Election Commission .
Mr. Wissanu Krea-ngam, Deputy Prime Minister Revealed after talking to Mr. Sawaeng Boonmee, secretary general of the Election Commission or the Election Commission that he had informed him that The Election Commission will issue an announcement within 5 days from the date of the dissolution of the parliament, for example, if dissolved today, it will be announced after 5 days Which will have details consisting of election day, application date, application location, both constituency MPs and party-list MPs without having to issue any other royal decrees It is the only announcement that the law specifies that an election decree be issued. Let the ECT consider the dissolution of the House of Representatives to be a royal decree for an election in itself. Because in the royal decree to dissolve the parliament, it says 1. Dissolve the parliament 2. Let there be an election. which announced the election decree to be used in the by-election, which after the dissolution of the parliament will start counting one from now on which is expected no later than this Friday Details of the deadlines will be announced from the ECT. As for the cost of elections, there was a meeting with political parties and it was agreed that party-list MPs There is a total cost of 100 names must not exceed 44 million baht, while each MP for a district must not exceed 1.9 million baht each. In the meantime, it is in accordance with Section 78 of the Election Act. The ECT secretary further explained that There are two writings about the placement of civil servants: 1. in the civil service law and 2. in the election law. Some things may not be against election laws. But it is possible to break the law and regulations of civil servants. But it’s against civil service regulations. which is considered to be a disciplinary offense and can’t go to help with work at any time It will be considered a disciplinary offense. If this offense is found, there is no need to complain to the Election Commission. because will not receive But in the case of politicians, such as being a minister and running for election, they will not use the civil service law but the electoral law. It states that government officials are prohibited from unlawfully using their positions to do anything that benefits or harms a candidate or political party. The important thing is the word position because many matters that have been filed with the Election Commission of Thailand Not applicable because there will be a duty to act properly. which can be done Even if the result is a campaign Except for a blatant campaign, such as handing out community deeds regarded as official performance But while on stage introducing the candidates cannot do it. But if the activity is completed, it’s okay to go on stage to walk the market. Return trips are by helicopter or by capital plane. able to do because already had to go back because it is considered government must be separated does not create a burden increased fuel consumption Not applicable because there will be a duty to act properly. which can be done Even if the result is a campaign Except for a blatant campaign, such as handing out community deeds regarded as official performance But while on stage introducing the candidates cannot do it. But if the activity is completed, it’s okay to go on stage to walk the market. Return trips are by helicopter or by capital plane. able to do because already had to go back because it is considered government must be separated does not create a burden increased fuel consumption
When asked whether spending money on campaigning started counting after the dissolution of parliament, Mr. Wissanu said that if the campaign billboard was still in this period Even if it was stuck before, it would be counted. It’s a campaign expense.
When asked about the qualifications of candidates for MPs If applying after April 5, 2023, do you have to qualify for political party affiliation 30 days earlier? Mr. Wissanu said to count 30 days backwards before the election. When applying, it may not be 30 days yet, but if counting back from the election day, it must be 30 days.
When asked if the politician asked the Supreme Administrative Court to investigate Temporarily, in the case of dividing constituencies, will there be an interruption of the period or not? If the court does not order temporary protection, it will have no effect. In the meantime, we are moving forward according to the law. Because the Election Commission has to do it for the common good. which tends to be no problem because the Election Commission Districts are not changed until the court orders.
When asked if there is a decision after this Will it result in the void of the past elections? Mr. Wissanu said not to that level.
When asked if there was talk about an election day, Mr. Wissanu said that if the parliament was dissolved today, there would be an election on May 14. If disbanded tomorrow, you could still choose on May 14, but not ready after that. Stating that both the 7th and the 14th of May have no implications. because there is no difference
When asked whether he was worried about campaigning during festivals, such as Songkran, when there would be a blessing ceremony, Mr Wissanu said there was already an Election Commission manual that had been released since last year. clearly stated that During the dissolution of the parliament, there must be no meeting of the mobile cabinet. Do not hold events that have a large number of people gathering Except for the date specified in the annual calendar, such as the Songkran festival, so it can be arranged. But the organization of various things, the ECT has a warning in every festival, including Chinese New Year, Ching Meng, Christmas, New Year. that does not allow candidates to give away gifts but can go to the wedding Gifts can be given, but not allowed to show up, show up or go on stage, which if the Prime Minister is organizing a water pouring ceremony, can do so. Including everyone can organize all over the country
When asked if Section 169 of the central budget is complied with, must the Election Commission also apply? Mr. Wissanu stated that the central budget must go to the Election Commission of Thailand. You don’t have to ask the Election Commission to appoint generals because they don’t enter the cabinet. Appointing a board of state-owned enterprises does not require the Election Commission, but if appointing a state-owned enterprise executive, it must ask the Election Commission, which has already rehearsed these things tomorrow (March 21), by tomorrow (March 21). .) He will explain verbally for the Cabinet meeting to understand. Permanent officials such as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry will understand this well because the parliament has been dissolved many times. But the new minister may not be familiar with it yet. will take the opportunity to explain which the resigned minister does not affect the work of the cabinet Tomorrow (March 21), the Prime Minister will likely appoint a replacement. minister who resigned
Mr. Wissanu said that if General Prayut Being Prime Minister for another term would be considered the 29th Prime Minister, but if a new person would be considered the 30th Prime Minister, for example, Field Marshal P. Pibulsongkram Being Prime Minister 4-5 times, it will count as one time. Even for a non-consecutive prime minister, it counts only once. If it’s the same person Thailand has 29 prime ministers to date, of which there are 62 governments in total. to be counted as one person The number of government increases but the number of Prime Minister does not increase.
When asked about the case that scholars indicate that If the parliament is dissolved without reason to cause the party to move, the parliament cannot be dissolved. The Deputy Prime Minister said it was not true because the constitution did not say that What is the reason for the dissolution of parliament? Therefore, it will collapse immediately.
When asked if It was noted that if the court issued either While the elections are still moving forward Will the election be invalid or not? Mr. Wissanu said that if the Supreme Administrative Court came out, it would be invalid. Must listen to the court. If so, the government must continue to act.
When asked if someone suspected that there would be no election Deputy Prime Minister said no, don’t think too much. Let’s head towards the elections. Those who think like this are those who want to cause distraction. Whatever will happen But the duty at this time is when the parliament is dissolved. must lead to elections
When asked if General Prayuth was not afraid of the election, Mr. Wissanu said, “Afraid, not afraid, not knowing. I have to ask you, but I’m not afraid, but what I’m afraid of is the type that stays for a long time.”
When asked if the election did not take place Who will have the ruling power? An area that is not divided is announced to have a new division. which will not affect the time frame But from the impact on campaign time that is much shorter which does not affect the scheduled election day and if necessary, the constitution can postpone the election day
When asked to repeat that no matter what Acting will not be longer than in the constitutional framework or not. Mr. Wissanu stated that it was correct.
Mr. Wissanu reiterated, “Don’t do anything that makes it tricky. let them choose to win and lose, know how to forgive each other”
Source: Thai News Agency