Jarungwit voted in as new EC secretary-general
THE ELECTION Commission (EC) yesterday unanimously voted to choose its deputy secretary-general Jarungwit Phumma as the new secretary general, a post that had been vacant for more than two years.
Its previous occupant, Phuchong Nutrawong, lost the job in December 2015 after failing an annual performance review. Jarungwit had served as caretaker since then.
The process to select a new head for the EC began in early 2016 but had suffered several hiccups.
It was initially delayed when candidates disqualified by the selection committee appealed the decision at the Administrative Court.
When the process resumed, the EC voted to select Aumpol Wongsiri, formerly secretary-general of the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission. But that appointment was scrapped when Aumpol was found guilty of malfeasance by the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
The new round of selection began earlier this year with six applicants. Among them were the EC’s deputy secretary-general Sawang Boonmee and former EC member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn.
Krit Auawong, an EC deputy secretary-general, said yesterday that the Election Commission, down to four members after Somchai’s sacking, voted to select Jarungwit on the basis of his vision, performance and interview.
Jarungwit must resign from his current position within 15 days before taking up his five-year tenure as secretary-general, according to the Constitution.
Jarungwit has served the EC since 2007 as deputy secretary-general overseeing the investigation department.
After the coup, he was appointed as a member of the now defunct National Reform Steering Assembly.
A graduate of the Royal Police Cadet Academy, the new EC head holds the rank of Police Lieutenant Colonel. He also has a law degree from Ramkhamhaeng University and a master’s degree in political science from Thammasat University.