EC to tackle problems arising from disrupted poll

national February 06, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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THE ELECTION Commission (EC) will meet today to decide how to resolve major problems stemming from the February 2 election, a source from the EC said yesterday.

The source said the poll organiser would hold discussions with its legal advisory team before seeking solutions for the problems, which include how to hold elections at polling stations where voting was disrupted; advance voting; and how to handle 28 constituencies in the South where no candidates are registered.

Meanwhile, Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit yesterday filed a complaint with the EC, asking it to seek a court order to dissolve the Democrat Party.

Prompong alleged that the Democrats had violated Article 68 of the Constitution by seeking to overthrow the democratic system through their support for protesters in blocking the February 2 election.

The complaint alleges that the Democrats supported the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), which is led by former Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban, in blocking the election.

Prompong also handed over video CDs of the PDRC’s protests and blockades of party-list candidacy registration, advance voting and the February 2 election.

Prompong said the Democrats had asked the Office of the Ombudsman to seek a ruling by the  Constitutional Court to annul the election because the Democrats wanted to overthrow an elected government.

“The country is embroiled in problems now because Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep would not accept the rules of the nation. Although the government dissolved the House and set a new election date, the Democrats refused to contest the election and used the [call for] reforms as an excuse to further its own political interests,” Prompong said.

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