Ombudsman sends poll petition to court

national March 08, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

The Office of the Ombudsman has sent a petition asking for the February 2 election to be nullified to the Constitutional Court.

The petition, submitted by Thammasat University law lecturer Kittipong Kamolthamwong, demanded that the election be nullified because the process had resulted in the ballot being unfair. 
No votes had been cast in 28 constituencies in the South, hence the election could not be considered as having been held on the same day nationwide as required by the Constitution, the petition read. 
Moreover, he said, the registration of candidates had not been done properly as the venues were changed without prior notice. 
Also, unofficial results of the ballot counting had been issued in advance, which could affect the decision of those unable to exercise their voting right on February 2, he added. 
The petition also pointed out that the Election Commission’s negligence had allowed the government to interfere in the election, benefiting candidates from caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra’s government and the coalition. Also, it said that the government used the emergency decree as a tool. 
The Ombudsman forwarded the petition to the court on Thursday and announced the move to the press yesterday. 

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