Panel sets guidelines for party primaries in organic law amendments

The ad hoc panel agreed on the following five steps for the conduct of constituency candidate primaries:

— The selection committee of a political party will announce the date, time and place of receipt of nominations from candidates for its constituency.

— After the end of the registration period, the selection committee will verify the qualifications of the candidates.

— The list of candidates must be sent to the provincial branches of the political party or to the provincial representatives of the party for examination. Branches or provincial representatives must hold a meeting of party members in the province to approve the list of candidates.

— The provincial sections must return the list referred to the executive office of the party.

— The party’s executive office must convene a meeting to approve the list of candidates for its constituency.

Somchai said the new five stages are designed to make it easier for political parties to hold primary elections, as they can hold primary elections through provincial representatives instead of having to hold large-scale primary elections. .

Somchai said the ad hoc panel was still considering steps for political parties to select their party list candidates.

In addition to the bill amending the organic law on political parties, the ad hoc panel is also examining a bill amending the organic law on the election of deputies.

Bills must be enacted by joint sittings of the House and Senate to implement the dual ballot electoral system in accordance with previous Charter amendments.

Amendments to the two organic laws must be enacted before the next general elections can be held after the current House’s term ends at the end of March next year.