Thailand sets election day time frame between February 24 and May 5, 2019

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Elections will be held on February 24 at the earliest and by May 5 at the latest, Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) chairman Ittiporn Boonprakong said on August 19, The Nation reported..

The tentative dates were set as per the government’s road map, and after discussions were held with political parties and concerned agencies in June this year, Ittiporn clarified.

“We are ready to hold an election, no matter whether [it is held] sooner or later,” the new EC chairman said.

The current charter stipulates that an election must be held within 150 days after the law concerning the election of MPs comes into effect. The MP election bill was submitted for royal endorsement on June 15, and once it is announced in the Royal Gazette, it will take another 90 days to go into effect. An election will have to be held within 150 days after that. 

Piyapong Klinphan, a spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said the council had not found anything of concern or any security threats that might delay the election. 

He said the NCPO still closely watched the movements of all political groups and parties, and has learned that everything is being done within the line of law and nothing has affected national security. 

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Elections will be held on February 24 at the earliest and by May 5 at the latest, Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) chairman Ittiporn Boonprakong said on August 19, The Nation reported..

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Elections will be held on February 24 at the earliest and by May 5 at the latest, Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) chairman Ittiporn Boonprakong said on August 19, The Nation reported..

The tentative dates were set as per the government’s road map, and after discussions were held with political parties and concerned agencies in June this year, Ittiporn clarified.

“We are ready to hold an election, no matter whether [it is held] sooner or later,” the new EC chairman said.

The current charter stipulates that an election must be held within 150 days after the law concerning the election of MPs comes into effect. The MP election bill was submitted for royal endorsement on June 15, and once it is announced in the Royal Gazette, it will take another 90 days to go into effect. An election will have to be held within 150 days after that. 

Piyapong Klinphan, a spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said the council had not found anything of concern or any security threats that might delay the election. 

He said the NCPO still closely watched the movements of all political groups and parties, and has learned that everything is being done within the line of law and nothing has affected national security. 

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