Democrats lead in membership

Democrats lead in membership

Future Forward second in rankings of 86 active parties, according to latest EC update

Eighty-six political parties remained operational as of July 5, with 888,106 members in total, led by the Democrat and Future Forward parties.

In its latest July 5 update on its website on Saturday, the Election Commission said 28 parties had lost their status for failing to meet requirements under the 2017 Political Parties Act. One party, Thai Raksa Chart, was dissolved.

The Democrat Party had the largest membership base (132,551), followed by Future Forward (44,859), Bhumjaithai (30,450), Palang Pracharath (25,458), Pheu Thai (22771), Chartthaipattana (21,387), Pheu Chart (18,850) and Chartpattana (15,947).

The 2017 Constitution is the first to require parties to recruit members, who must pay membership fees of at least 100 baht each per year or 2,000 baht each for life. A party must recruit at least 5,000 members in one year and 10,000 in four years.

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