Pheu Thai threatens to sue EC over 'poll failure'

national February 24, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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The Pheu Thai Party is threatening to take the Election Commission to court for dereliction of duty if it refuses to hold ballots by March 4 at polling stations disrupted by protests during the election.

Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said yesterday the party would help its candidates sue the EC for violating Article 20 of the EC Act by neglecting its duties. 
He dismissed the EC’s meeting today as unnecessary, as there was no conflict over the authority of the government and the EC to complete the voting.  So there was no need for the government to seek a ruling from the Constitutional Court on whether the government must issue another royal decree for a new attempt to conduct voting for the 28 constituencies without any MP candidates, he said.
“The EC has the authority to conduct the election in the 28 constituencies but it is trying to pass the responsibility onto the government and the courts,’’ he said.
Pheu Thai feared that if the government issued a new royal decree, it might face dissolution and the whole election might be invalidated, he said.
Caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan would not accept the EC’s invitation to visit Songkhla because it may lead to confrontation or clashes between local and government officials, which the EC might cite to further delay the election, he said.

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