Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said the general election would take place no later than February 2019. (Source: VNA)

 Hanoi (VNA) - Registration for new political parties in Thailand began on March 2 with the Election Commission (EC) noting that 34 groups turned up to register.  

Names and logos of the new parties were submitted on the day. Many were political novices with backgrounds in business, civil society for academia, plus several farmers, according to the EC.

The EC said those who want to register a new party for the general election will have until the end of March to do so. The agency has 30 days to approve or reject the bids.

Thailand currently has 69 registered political parties. Following a coup in 2014 topple the authority of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, all political activities have been banned in Thailand.

In preparation for the upcoming general election, the Thai administration has asked new political parties to register for the poll before holding meetings. Other activities must receive permission from the National Council for Peace and Order. 

According to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha the general election would take place no later than February 2019.-VNA