PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this afternoon (Feb. 27) confirmed that a general election will be held in February 2019 with this being according to the time-frame in the road map, Thai News Agency reported.
However, General Prayut said other issues will also be considered and there will be talks with the armed forces and the political parties on setting the election date.
Regarding lifting the ban on political activity, Prime Minister Prayut said new political parties will be allowed to hold meetings to prepare for the election but they would have to ask the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) for permssion to undertake other activities from time to time. However, old parties cannot do so yet as they have to wait for a clarification in June.
Many new political parties are expected to be launched after registration opens on Friday March 2, 2018.
General Prayut also confirmed the Election Commission issue would not lead any gaps if new commissioners could be appointed in time, but even if there are delays then the outgoing team could continue performing the duties.
Last week the National Legislative Assembly voted down all 7 Election Commission candidates.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut talking to the press today. Photo: Thai News Agency