Red shirts file complaints over poll nullification

national April 02, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Red-shirt groups in many provinces yesterday filed police complaints against the six Constitutional Court judges who voted to annul the February 2 election.

In the complaint, they accused the judges of malfeasance, violating the charter’s Article 157. The complaints were filed in many places, including Khon Kaen, Phitsanulok, Lop Buri and Bangkok’s Bang Phlat district.
Most of the complainants said they were seeking to protect their rights, and demanded compensation for the costs they incurred in going to vote.
In Bang Phlat, about 40 people filed a complaint with district police, while in Khon Kaen, provincial red-shirt leaders Piyachai Nachai and Yongyout Kongpatimakon submitted complaints along with 300 copies of identification cards of red shirts. 
“Upholding rights”
Invitations were extended to red shirts via social networks for several days, urging them to gather and file complaints against the judges. 
Thongrerm Areekul from Maha Sarakham said he joined the red shirts in Khon Kaen in filing police complaints against the judges in order to uphold his rights. 
In Chiang Mai, a similar complaint against the judges and Election Commission members was filed with Muang district police by the Rak Chiang Mai 51 group, headed by red-shirt leader Phetcharawat Wattanapongsirikul.
In Lop Buri, about 100 red shirts led by Veera Buajeep lodged a complaint against the six majority judges in the February 2 poll ruling. 
“More than 20 million people came to vote, but the judges nullified the election. The real cause was the blocking of the election by the PDRC [People’s Democratic Reform Committee] protesters. Instead of tackling the cause, this is meddling with the result – and it’s wrong,” Veera said.

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