EC fails (again)

12 03 2019

Late on Tuesday, the Bangkok Post reported that an “investigation” by “Election Commission has found nothing wrong with Palang Pracharath’s fund-raising banquet…” back in December. This led  EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma to observe that there is “no reason to move for the [junta] party’s disbandment…”.

PPT expected nothing else from the junta’s puppet EC. However, what startled us was the “reason” for this decision, still to be formally reported to the EC by the “investigating” committee.

Jurungvith said the “commission’s investigation had not found any evidence a foreign party was among the donors.”

PPT’s collective memory may not always be accurate, but looking back through our posts regarding the banquet and linked media reports, we can find no mention of complaints that the banquet involved foreigners.

Rather, questions were asked about the size of “donations,” the involvement of state bodies and ministers, and the timing of the event.

Responding, one of the complainants, Srisuwan Janya of the Association for the Protection of the Constitution said:

We don’t know to whose petition the EC is responding in the interview. Our organisation has never asked whether foreigners had donated to the party….

Again, the EC has failed. It has failed the public by serving its masters.


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14 03 2019
Updated: EC votes for the junta | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pracharath banquet “investigation.” Despite EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma having said something else, Ittiporn has stated that the “investigation” is not complete. He doesn’t say why […]

14 03 2019
Updated: EC votes for the junta | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Pracharath banquet “investigation.” Despite EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma having said something else, Ittiporn has stated that the “investigation” is not complete. He doesn’t say why […]