Election Commission prepares to summon Chalerm to explain CMPO’s 2 billion baht budget request

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BANGKOK, 14 March 201 The Election Commission (EC) has approved a withdrawal of 1.25 billion baht from the central budget at the Cabinet’s request to finance necessary spending at the now-defunct Center for Administration for the Peace and Order (CAPO) while requesting Pol. Capt. Chalerm Yubamrung to explain the necessity to withdraw another 2.3 billion baht for the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO).

Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn revealed that the EC has approved the 1.25 billion baht budget requested by the Cabinet to be used in the 52-day operation of the CAPO from December 1, 2013 – January 21, 2014.

In addition, Mr. Somchai added that police and army subordinates have a right to place complaints if they had not received their 700 bath per day subsistence allowance, as the EC would take legal actions against those responsible for the payment.

Concerning the 2.3 billion baht budget of the CMPO, the EC has not yet approved the budget as there are not enough details to justify its approval. Therefore, the EC has summoned Pol. Capt. Chalerm, an acting CMPO Director, to elaborate the budget request at a meeting to take place this March 27.