February 10, 2018
Leaders of several small political parties have decided to start from scratch and form new ones to evade regulations requiring updated party membership information, which are seen as excessive and burdensome.
Under new rules, existing parties can begin their member registration process on April 1. The members are required to produce letters confirming their membership and pay party fees within 30 days of April 1 or lose their membership status.
The regulations, however, are seen as favourable to new political parties which have a month’s headstart. The registration process for new parties starts on March 1 and ends on March 31.
In a separate development, the Democracy Restoration Group and the Start Up People group were set to gather at the Democracy Monument at 4pm today.
Meanwhile, the Criminal Court yesterday approved arrest warrants for four protest leaders who twice failed to report to police to hear illegal assembly charges. The four are Arnon Nampa, Rangsiman Rome, Aekachai Hongkangwan and Sirawith Seritiwat.
Mr Arnon yesterday said he would be at today’s rally to demand an election.