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Scrutiny committee bans entertainment activities during election campaign

By Thai PBS

 

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The tri-partite scrutiny committee on Monday (Feb 19) resolved unanimously by nine votes against nil to restore the original provision of the election of MPs bill which bans the holding of entertainment activities during the election campaign period.

 

Election Commission chairman Supachai Somcharoen said the scrutiny committee headed by Mr Wittaya Piewpong agreed unanimously rejected the amended MP election bill allowing entertainment activities to be held during electioneering and restored the original provision that bans entertainment activities which was proposed from the beginning by the Constitution Drafting Committee.

 

The scrutiny committee also agreed to review some details of Section 35 of the MP election bill regarding the withdrawal of the rights of eligible voters who do not exercise their voting rights.

 

Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/scrutiny-committee-bans-entertainment-activities-election-campaign/

 
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So no campaigning until we say you can. Then only miserable campaigning !!!

 

Come on Junta, let the people Partaaaay :) 

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I would like to know what exactly constitutes "entertainment." Does that mean, no singing, no dancing, no music etc? Tourists are going to have a fairly miserable time if so, and they cant even vote.

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MP bill committee bans election campaign entertainment

By The Nation

 

THE JOINT committee reviewing the contentious MP election bill agreed unanimously in its first meeting to ban any form of entertainment during election campaigns.

 

The development was announced yesterday by Supachai Somcharoen, head of the Election Commission (EC) and a member of the joint law-review committee.

 

The committee remained uncertain about whether to adjust a clause that would bar anyone who failed to exercise their voting rights from becoming a political office holder, he said. 

 

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) previously had overturned the original draft written by the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) and allowed entertainment in campaigning, on the grounds that amusement could encourage political participation.

 

However, the CDC viewed the provision as increasing the odds of vote buying.

 

The clause is one of several that have been fiercely debated by the NLA, CDC and EC. Their disagreement led to the establishment of the joint committee to review the bill despite its passage by the NLA in three readings.

 

Supachai said the committee would meet again today to discuss other controversial clauses. 

 

The NLA appeared to have no problem with the latest revision, he said, adding that members were willing to listen to the CDC’s reasons.

 

While disagreement over the bill appeared to indicate conflict among legislators, Supachai said the NLA, CDC and the EC remained in “harmony” and were rational in their deliberations.

 

The joint committee reportedly will convene every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They have until the end of the month to complete the revisions before presenting them to the NLA for endorsement.

 

The MP election bill is among the four organic bills necessary for the holding of an election. It is also one of the final two bills the CDC submitted to the NLA. 

 

The other, the Senate selection bill, was equally contentious and is currently being reviewed by another joint committee.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30339237

 
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6 minutes ago, webfact said:

"........amusement could encourage political participation".

Voting is a serious matter and laughter and levity cannot and will not be tolerated. Seems that political participation in an election is not wanted or needed. 

This madhouse government is getting even madder, if that is humanly possible.

 

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"Election Commission chairman Supachai Somcharoen said the scrutiny committee headed by Mr Wittaya Piewpong agreed unanimously rejected the amended MP election bill allowing entertainment activities to be held during electioneering and restored the original provision that bans entertainment activities which was proposed from the beginning by the Constitution Drafting Committee."

 

Is that in the scope of the scrutiny committee's ability? Weren't bills supposed to be approved/rejected by the "governement" also know as the NLA. Don't bother - they just make it up as they go along anyway. 

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