5,000-strong group wants Somchai out

national January 31, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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A group of 5,000 people have demanded the resignation of Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn for allegedly failing to carry out his duty with neutrality and attempting to destroy democracy.

Pinkaew Luangaramsri, a sociology and anthropology lecturer at Chiang Mai University, led a group of 10 people to submit an open letter signed by 5,000 people to the Election Commission.
The letter said that after the House of Representatives was dissolved, Somchai had proposed to the government that it defer the election and asked the Constitutional Court to rule who had the authority to postpone the poll. 
The letter said the group would petition the Constitutional Court if the EC attempted to nullify Sunday’s election. 
Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit has raised questions about the EC thinking only of postponing the election while never condemning the protest leaders who interfered with people trying to vote, nor asking them to stop their unlawful behaviour.