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Election Commission (EC) president Supachai Somcharoen has insisted that the agency sought to comply with the law in making any petition against the organic law governing the EC. So if it was not legally possible, the EC would not petition the Constitutional Court.

“The EC had already stated our argument in six points in the petition. It is up to the joint committee to decide,” Supachai said. “The EC did not mind anything. But we will have to wait and see whether the issues we raise would cause difficulties in the future.”
Supachai’s comment came after the EC and other agencies, including the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC), disagreed over the EC organic draft bill as well as whether or not the EC could make a petition with anyone besides the joint committee.
The law was the first among the four essential to the coming election, passed by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) early last month.
The law would see the total reset of the present EC, along with some other changes, and the EC objected to that, citing it was unconstitutional.
It officially made its objections to the bill, leading to the establishment of the joint law review committee, but the committee then voted in favour of the NLA's endorsed draft.
The EC is looking other legal channels to petition to the court.
The NLA is set to affirm the NLA-endorsed bill this week.

Published : July 11, 2017

By : The Nation