Updated: Election is the answer

18 05 2014

One of the major impediments to progress in Thailand is the Election Commission. It has repeatedly refused to do its lawful duty. When it hasn’t refused it has delayed and even abandoned voters. Hence it is important that increased pressure be placed on this agency to do its duty.

In The Nation it reported that the the Assembly for the Defence of Democracy (AFDD) has declared that the “caretaker government has full authority to push for an election…”. Of course it does!

The AFDD added that the election should be called “with or without the blessing of the Election Commission…”. It should issue the required royal decree and the EC should do its duty. As academic lawyer Worachet Pakeerut states, “Article 195 of the charter states that only a Cabinet minister has the authority to submit a request for a Royal Decree for a new poll, and not the Election Commission.”

The AFDD is “comprised of law lecturers, academics and activists, said elections were the only constitutional path out of the prolonged political conflict.”

Worachet acknowledged that the Constitutional Court may nullify an election again but that the government should not be deterred.

He described “the PDRC and its allies were like a pack of wolves surrounding the government, adding that the Kingdom had reached a dead-end because people did not want to stick to the law. He also said the selection of a new Senate speaker was illegitimate as the charter clearly states that the upper House cannot convene when there is no Parliament.”

Update: So anti-election is the Election Commission, that these statements by the AFDD, broadcast on Channel 11, caused EC member Somchai Srisuttiyakorn to go into tantrum mode. Khaosod reports that the anti-election commissioner “threatened disciplinary action against state-owned Channel 11 for broadcasting a lecture about the need to hold elections.” He hissed: “I will have the Election Commission (EC) formally ask the Minister who oversees Channel 11 about the broadcast … to determine who ordered the broadcast, and how much money has been spent in the process…”. Somchai reckoned that the remarks above “causes rifts and confusion among the public…”. Of course, not holding an election and delaying even discussing an election is somehow good and proper in his cockeyed view.

 

 

 


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7 03 2016
Managing “debate” on the draft charter | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] to not want to have any polls. The EC became a major impediment to democratic progress in Thailand. It repeatedly refused to do its lawful duty and hold an election in 2014. When it wasn’t simply refusing, it delayed and even abandoned […]

7 03 2016
Managing “debate” on the draft charter | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] to not want to have any polls. The EC became a major impediment to democratic progress in Thailand. It repeatedly refused to do its lawful duty and hold an election in 2014. When it wasn’t simply refusing, it delayed and even abandoned […]

4 06 2016
Referendum (no) doubt | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the above, Thailand’s Bizarro Election Commissioner – the one who opposes elections and tries to stop them and who prevents debate on the referendum – Somchai Srisuttiyakorn has stated that […]

4 06 2016
Referendum (no) doubt | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the above, Thailand’s Bizarro Election Commissioner – the one who opposes elections and tries to stop them and who prevents debate on the referendum – Somchai Srisuttiyakorn has stated that […]




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