Thailand 's military government said on June 30 it has begun an overhaul of the electoral system following an announcement by junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha that polls could take place in October 2015.

According to Permanent Secretary for Defence Surasak Kanchanarat, political party reform, decentralisation of power and "investigations and penalties for those groups that commit electoral fraud" top the military government's agenda.

The Election Commission was expected to talk about obstacles to an election and corruption later on June 30, he said.

Earlier, in his televised speech on June 30, General Prayuth Chan-ocha said that his government will issue a temporary charter in July and an official charter one year later.

Once the temporary charter is issued, an interim cabinet will be installed by September and a reform council will then start work on October, he said, adding that the general election will be organised three months after the official charter makes debut.

The military took power on May 22 in a bloodless coup following six months of street demonstrations that contributed to the ousting of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. A court had already ordered her to step down after finding her guilty of abuse of power on May 7.-VNA