EC says no to ‘Grean Party’

politics May 05, 2018 01:00


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THE ELECTION Commission has rejected the name of Sombat Boonngamanong’s Grean Party as it believes the name could “disturb people’s order or morality”.

“According to the Royal Institute Dictionary of New Words, 2nd book, Grean is defined to describe aggressive, agitating and unreasonable people,” the EC acting secretary-general and party registrar Charungwit Phumma explained in a letter to Sombat.

“Naming a party as ‘Grean Party’, meanwhile, could bring confusion to society as the meaning could be inappropriate and disturb people’s order or morality,” the letter said, adding the naming could violate the organic law on political party and the EC regulation on political party.

The EC told Sombat to fix the name to be “accurate with appropriate meaning” and resubmit within 15 days. 

Failure to do so would mean Sombat’s party would not be registered, it warned.

Sombat, who shared photos of the two-page letter on his Facebook status, said on the same post that he plans to either go to the EC headquarters to fix the name or to file an objection petition with the Administrative Court.

According to Article 18 of the political party organic law, a party’s name, abbreviation and logo must not object to or change the constitutional monarchy regime, disturb people’s order or morality, tend to create fractions among people of the country and influence or obstruct the MPs’ independent operation.

Positioned as an alternative party, the Grean Party intended to “disrupt any party policies” by making suggestions with focus on benefits of social minorities, which Sombat thinks has been overlooked by most of parties at the national level.