This past week, the role of elected representatives is in the spotlight once again.
On Friday, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, head of the National Council for Peace and Order, suspended local elections because they could lead to renewed political conflict. This decision prompted concerns that the order is a prelude to new measures to dissipate the influence of national-level politicians in local administrations.
Also last week, the National Anti-Corruption Commission urged the Election Commission to implement measures to screen populist policies. It suggested that political parties would have to provide details of the impact of proposed policies and where the funding would come from.
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