Yesterday’s lifting of restrictions placed on political activities by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), including restrictions on gatherings of five or more people for political purposes, is an important step on the road to restoring democracy in Thailand, stated the Spokesperson on the lifting of restrictions on political activities in Thailand.

This lifting creates a more favourable environment ahead of parliamentary elections early next year. “We look forward to an open and peaceful election campaign, with the Government ensuring the freedom of expression needed for a democratic process. We expect credible, inclusive and competitive elections with a level-playing field for all parties, followed by the appointment of a democratically elected civilian government. The European Union stands ready to continue to support Thailand’s return to a democratic form of governance,” the Spokesperson said.