Independent law academic Verapat says Constitutional Court overrules charter
March 21, 2014 00:00
Independent law academic Verapat Pariyawong said the Constitutional Court had overruled the constitution as the Charter allowed for elections to be staged at a later date if all the House seats were not occupied.
The charter stated that if 95 per cent of all House of Representative seats were occupied members could convene. It requires the seats to be fully occupied within 180 days.
There are 500 House of Representative constituencies.
“In my view, the Constitutional Court has ruled in a way that is against the constitution both in terms of the content and the process,” Verapat said.
“However, the court did not bring the cause of the [problems related to] the election in the 28 constituencies, the obstruction of the election, into consideration.