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EC will speed up probes into Yingluck, Yaowapa cases

The Election Commission (EC) will speed up its probe into allegations against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and key Pheu Thai Party member Yaowapa Wongsawat, a commissioner said Friday.

Six petitions have been filed against Yingluck for allegedly using state funds to campaign for votes in the North and Northeast as well as to provide compensation to the family of a police officer killed in a clash with protesters, EC member Boonsong Noisophon said.

The EC has interrogated four witnesses against Yingluck and will listen to four more testimonies, he said, adding that the commission would try to complete the probe soon.

Yaowapa, who is Yingluck's older sister, was accused of providing free transport to polling booths during a by-election in Chiang Mai, he said.

Four members of the EC were ready to issue a verdict in Yaowapa's case, but the fifth member, Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, needed more time, he said.

Boonsong also said the EC needed more information to back the allegation commissioner Somchai made against some key members of the Pheu Thai Party who appeared on a TV show during the election campaigning period. He said the EC needed to find out if appearing on TV was really against the election law. If party executives violated election laws, then the party would have to be dissolved, he said.


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