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MP drawing lots proposal flawed, says EC’s Somchai

A plan to have the number for MP candidates in each constituency determined by drawing lots may not efficiently prevent vote buying, Election Commissioner Somchai Stisuthiyakorn said on Monday.

Somchai said that as most vote buying is done through canvassers at the village level, whatever number an MP candidate draws will not obstruct canvassers from lobbying the MP’s constituency.
He said the system would also complicate the EC’s logistic procedures.
Initiated by the Constitution Drafting Commission, the proposal is set to be included in an organic law on selecting MPs.
Politicians and academics are concerned the method will make it harder for voters to understand the election process and lessen the significance of political parties in the election arena.
Democrat Party deputy leader Ongart Klampaiboon suggested that the CDC should set goals to prevent election fraud and vote buying, including setting up measures to prevent parties from taking advantage of state authority networks.
Preventing election fraud is necessary, Ongart said, as it would stop corrupt political actors from exploiting their authorities to commit further graft.

Published : August 14, 2017

By : The Nation