EC seeks court's ruling to disqualify MP Karun
The Election Commission Wednesday resolved to issue a red-card against Pheu Thai MP Karun Hosakul for allegedly defaming the Democrat Party during election campaigns.
EC Secretary General Phuchong Nutrawong said the EC voted with a majority to file a lawsuit against Karun, the MP of Bangkok's Constituency 12, for allegedly defaming the Democrats and its MP on June 3 and June 12, 2011.
Phuchong said Karun must stop performing his duty as an MP if the court accepts the lawsuit for trial until the court makes a ruling.
The EC is of the opinion that Karun unfairly attacked the Democrat's candidate for Bangkok's Constituency 12, Thaenkhun Jit-isara, while he was campaigning at the Boon Anan Market and Kosoom Ruamjai Market.
Among other things, Phuchong said, Karun alleged that Thaekhun paid voters Bt300 each at the Saphan Mai Market.
Phuchong said the EC would draft a lawsuit against Karun and file charges against him with the Supreme Court's Election Cases Division.
Phuchong said the EC had also dismissed complaints against five MPs. He said the EC had received 154 complaints following the July 3, 2011 election and has yet to consider 10 more complaints.