23 May 2024

Future Forward party has threatened to challenge the junta’s order forbidding political parties from accepting public donations by taking the case to the court.

 

This was jointly announced by party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul in their Facebook livestream Wednesday evening after the party was notified by the Election Commission that it  could not accept public donations, citing NCPO order 57/2557.

The two party leaders said that it was the EC which drafted the political party bill with an intention to create parties that belong to the people and not owned by a handful of wealthy people.

They called on the EC to free itself from the domination of the junta for its own dignity and, at the same time, urged members of the party to pay their permanent membership fee, amounting to 2,000 baht upward.

“We have waited for 97 days until our party was registered.  But while we were recruiting party members, we were barred from campaigning.  Now today, we were told we could not accept donations.  Never mind all the obstructive laws.  We are ready to fight all those obstacles,” said the two firebrand young men as they challenged the EC to issue a clear-cut resolution that bans political parties from mobilizing fund, adding that they would challenge this order in the court.