BANGKOK – Thai Billionaire Thanathorn Jungrungreangkit on Thursday (June 21) submitted a request with the Election Commission to officially register the Future Forward Party (FFP), of which he has been named acting party leader.
He was accompanied by Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, the party’s acting secretary-general.
Mr Thanathorn and Mr Piyabutr were voted by party members to take the posts of party leader and secretary-general at the party’s first public meeting at Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus. Their party posts have not yet been official, pending the completion of the party’s registration.
The FFP registration request was accompanied by the list of 670 party members and the party’s initial registration fund of 1,082,679 baht.
Mr Piyabutr said he was confident the party had filed all the documents required. Since EC officials told him that it would take about 45 days to complete the examination of the documents, he believed the registration of the FFP would be completed by early September.
On the government’s plan to meet with political parties early next week to discuss preparations for the generation election, Mr Thanathorn said the FFP would not send its representatives to attend the meeting.
Although without its participation, the FFP would be ready to comply with any decisions made in the meeting regarding the election day and regulations concerned, he said.
“We still insist in our call for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to return the rights and freedom to the people and allow the people to freely conduct political activities – to bring Thai society back to normalcy.
“We would like to call for everyone to push for the election to be held according to the government’s announced roadmap. If by September the FFP officially becomes a party, we would like to carry out activities the same way as enjoyed by political parties elsewhere in the world.
“We will hold a meeting of party branches and party members to pick up election candidates through primary votes,” Mr Thanathorn said.
He said it is not the FFP’s concern whether or not the government will exercise its power under Section 44 to waive the primary vote requirement.
Asked to comment on the so-called “siphoning of MPs”, Mr Thanathorn said he viewed this matter in a positive way, adding that this would let the people know who among politicians are siding with democracy or who with dictatorship, he added.
Source: Thai PBS