Updated: Anti-constitutional advice and demands

18 12 2013

PPT never ceases to be amazed at how simple it is for those who support the anti-democratic movement to conveniently ignore the constitution their military junta put in place in 2007, and which they keep shouting they support.

PADist op-ed scribbler Veera Prateepchaikul is dead keen for a delay in the election, supporting Suthep Thaugsuban and the anti-democratic movement. The problem for the movement and its supporters is that their calls are all outside the constitution they claim to uphold.

As another Bangkok Post story states:

[State] Council secretary-general Chukiat Rattanachaicharn said Section 108 of the constitution requires that the election be organised within 60 days of the House dissolution, or by Feb 6….  It would therefore be impossible to amend the royal decree on the election to allow the polls to be arranged at a later time, Mr Chukiat said….  Any move to change the election date would violate the constitution, he added.

Veera and his lot complain about the rules being unfair. Yet their people put them in place. Where are their standards and their consistency? Yes, because of their educated and elite position, the rules only apply to others. Another example of double standards.

Update: At The Nation, the “Election Commission’s new team says it could delay the general election from the scheduled date of February 2…”. EC member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn stated:

“We are willing to delay [the election] for three months, six months, one year to two years. But first things first: The political parties have to reach an agreement. The second thing is whether it [a delay] is allowed by the law. We, the EC, are the third factor…”. That’s about as clear as a bucket of mud.

How can this be given the Council of State’s comment above?

Somchai said: “The government can issue an executive decree to postpone an election if there is an emergency situation, he said. For example, if there were a national disaster or a war, nobody would go to the polls.” That seems like an invitation to Suthep to create chaos.

The dopes at The Nation come up with “Reasons to postpone.” They list five alleged reasons, four of which have nothing to do with postponing a national ballot. The one that does states: “A poll can be delayed by 30 days via royal decree if there is civil unrest, floods, fire or other eventualities (according to Article 78 of the 2007 Constitution’s organic law on elections)…”. That’s the emergency situation Somchai talks of, but there is nothing in this about “three months, six months, one year to two years.” Have we missed something or is the EC still politicized and ignorant of the law it administers?

 


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20 12 2013
Questions from the news | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] anti-democrats to acts of sabotage against the election and the (un)Democrat Party to boycott. Their call seems unlawful. But that never seems to bother this […]

20 12 2013
Questions from the news | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] anti-democrats to acts of sabotage against the election and the (un)Democrat Party to boycott. Their call seems unlawful. But that never seems to bother this […]