Ombudsmen announces decision to send Feb 2 poll case to court

national March 07, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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

The petition was submitted by Thammasat University law lecturer Kittipong Kamolthamwong and demanded that the election be nullified because the process had resulted in the ballot being unfair. 
There was no election in 28 constituencies in the South thus voting did not take place on the same day nationwide as required by the Constitution, he wrote in the petition.
Moreover, the candidacy registration was not done properly and the registration venues were changed without prior notice. The ballot counting on February 2 had given the result to voters and could thus affect the decision of those unable to exercise their rights on that day, he added.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission's negligence allowed for government interference in the election and benefited the candidates from caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra’s government and the coalition. The Emergency Decree was used as a tool, he wrote. 
The agency forwarded the petition to the court on Thursday and held a press conference on Friday.

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