EC seeks charter court ruling on new poll

national March 05, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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The Election Commission has asked the Constitutional Court to rule on contentious issues related to the holding of elections in 28 constituencies where there were no MP candidates.

, EC secretary general Puchong Nutrawong said the three issues on which the EC wants the court to rule on are:
- Whether the EC could go ahead and announce candidacy registration, and a new election date in the 28 constituencies. 
- Whether the EC, if it was not empowered to make such announcements, would need the issuance of a Royal Decree to amend the previous decree for dissolution of the House of Representatives. This would have to be carried out by the prime minister. 
- Whether, in case a new royal decree needs to be issued, the decree eould allow the holding of elections in only the 28 constituencies, or whether the Royal Decree can only declare new elections nationwide, as the Constitution stipulates that the elections be held on the same day nationwide, Puchong said.
He said the EC would abide by the Constitutional Court’s ruling on these questions.

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