Monks reminded, banned from politics

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The Office of National Buddhism has issued a warning for monks and novices throughout the country not to get involved in political activities, said office director-general Nopparat Benjawatananant.

Mr Nopparat said his office issued the warning, citing the Sangha Council's orders of 1995 and 2006 prohibiting monks and novices from involvement in politics, after learning that some monks had begun  canvassing on behalf of candidates in their localities.

Under the two orders, he said, monks and novices are prohibited from attending a political gathering, allowing an election candidate to use a temple ground for campaigning, or helping a candidate, directly or indirectly, in an campaign to be elected to the House of Representatives or a local administrative council of any level.

Article ....  http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/238483/monks-banned-from-politics