EC and double standards

22 02 2019

The Election Commission is under pressure from both its military masters and by those who want it to do its job as a neutral election manager. The junta has been using the EC for its own purposes, so it is those wanting the EC to do its defined job will be disappointed. The EC continues to evidence remarkable double standards.

EC chairman Ittiporn Boonpracong has tried to deny these double standards, insisting “there are justifications for handling two cases involving the Thai Raksa Chart Party (TRC) and the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) differently.”

Ittiporn did not appear to say how it was that the commission forwarded the Thai Raksa Chart “case to the Constitutional Court without any prior investigation.” He reckoned that the EC had “obtained enough evidence that the party committed an act deemed hostile to the monarchy.”

His “evidence” seemed to be the king’s command/statement/announcement that sated that “members of the royal family are above politics and cannot hold political positions.” Others disagree and note that the king’s “command” is not law.

Confirming double standards, EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma said the “EC has enough evidence in the TRC case” but  that the Palang Pracharath case “needs more time to gather evidence and investigate.”

In other words, back to square one. The EC decided on the Thai Raksa Chart case without investigation and when it comes to the junta’s party, “investigation” is glacial.



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