Lottery reform activists call for delay in enactment of amended GLO law

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BANGKOK, 12 May 2015  – Lottery reform activists are asking the National Legislative Assembly to consider delaying the passing of the amended Government Lottery Office Act. 

Members of the Lottery Reform People’s NetWork on Monday met with chairman of the NLA’s committee on the reform of society, children, youth, women, the elderly, the handicapped and the under privileged Wallop Tangkananurak to submit a letter to the legislature’s President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai.

The group’s letter stated that they would like the NLA to consider the removal of the middlemen from the lottery distribution system in order to solve the problem of overpricing.

They also opposed the suggested plans to add more categories of the lottery and to make the lottery sale possible at all convenient stores, saying that would lead more people to become addicted to gambling.

In addition, the group would like the government to delay the submission of the draft amendment to the GLO Act for the NLA’s deliberation, citing the lack of people’s participation and its non-compliance with an order of the National Council for Peace and Order.