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EC threatens to sue over rice payments delay claims

The Election Commission is threatening to sue anyone who claims the agency is responsible for the government's repeated postponement of payments to farmers who sold rice to its price-support scheme.

EC commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn dismissed claims Friday that the agency barred the government from seeking loans to finance the scheme.

More than a million farmers across the country are owed money under the scheme.

"The EC has no mandate whatsoever on the issue," Somchai said. "It's just that the Constitution prohibits a caretaker government from incurring debts that will affect the next government."

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