April 19, 2014 00:00 By Chanikarn Phumhiran The Natio
Khunying Jaruvan Maintaka has asked the Election Commission (EC) to give her more time before she can respond to a complaint filed against her.
Veera Yeephrae, the Bangkok EC chairman, said Jaruvan wanted more time because the summonses were sent to her registered household address, but she lives in another house, so delivery of the letter was delayed.
The complaint was filed by the June 24 Democracy Group on April 4, which claimed that Jaruvan had won the March 30 election because appointed Senator Paiboon Nititawan voiced his support for her on the anti-government rally stage in Lumpini Park.
Paiboon allegedly called on people to vote for her so she could join forces with other
senators to uproot the “Thaksin [Shinawatra] regime”.
Jaruvan will be responding to the complaint next week.
According to the election law, Senate candidates are not allowed to campaign for votes.
Meanwhile, Veera said the Bangkok EC office will need to complete the investigation within 30 days of the election, and if it has not been completed by April 29, it will go ahead and endorse the candidates except those that may be disqualified.