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The opposition Democrat Party is wondering whether to seek a court order for the dissolution of ruling Pheu Thai Party in connection with the disqualification of a party MP, who was found to have used false documents to contest last year’s general elections.
Democrat MP Wirut Kalayasiri said yesterday that the party was collecting evidence to determine whether Pheu Thai had fielded this candidate despite being aware that he was not qualified.
“We will see if any Pheu Thai executives were involved in or abetted this fraud. If so, we will take action and petition for the party’s dissolution,” the opposition MP said.
Earlier this week, the Election Commission disqualified Pheu Thai MP for Nakhon Sawan, Dissathat Kamprakob, after he was found to have been a resident of the constituency for less than five years.
According to the Constitution, an election candidate needs to have his or her name on house registration documents for a consecutive period of no less than five years.
Wirut, a Democrat legal expert, said yesterday that initial examination found that Dissathat had used the ID card of his younger brother Dissathai, who was accused by the Democrats of having changed his first name into Dissathat – the same as his elder brother’s.
Yesterday, Wirut said it appeared that Dissathat, the Pheu Thai candidate, had used falsified documents and filed a false report with officials, in addition to coercing a local official to certify his residency documents.
BANGKOK, July 5 (Xinhua) — The Election Commissioner Prapun Naigowit said on Tuesday the Election Commission (EC) expects to endorse the July 3 election results on July 12 if no more complaints about electoral frauds are made.
According to the EC, vote counting is expected to be completed Tuesday and an official announcement of the results will be made right after, therefore, the EC is likely to be able to certify the result next Tuesday.
Regarding the overall situation of the election day, Prapun indicated that Thai people were very alert to the recent polling as the voter turnout almost hit 75 percent, higher than that of 2007.
Prapun said the EC is trying to finish probe into complaints pertaining to electoral frauds filed so far within 30 days after the election date.
The Commissioner noted that if investigations could not be finished within 30 days, the EC would testify candidates under the probe but could still withdraw their status later if clear evidence of law violations were found.
A re-election in the constituency where the Member of Parliament candidate is given a red card will be arranged.
BANGKOK – Thailand’s Election Commission on Tuesday confirmed that the party allied to ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra won the country’s general election by a wide margin.
The final results match those released shortly after Sunday’s poll, which gave the opposition Pheu Thai party led by Mr Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra 265 of 500 parliamentary seats, well over the majority needed to form a government.
The ruling Democrat party of incumbent Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s won 159 seats, the Election Commission said.
The results are a major rebuke to the elite establishment and army that overthrew Mr Thaksin in a 2006 coup, an event that triggered years of political turmoil from which the country is still struggling to recover.
Mr Thaksin is barred from politics and lives in exile in Dubai to escape a two-year prison term on a graft conviction that he says is politically motivated.
Ms Yingluck moved swiftly Monday to shore up her party’s resounding victory, forming a ruling coalition with four smaller parties and vowing to pursue national reconciliation.
BANGKOK, July 4 (Xinhua) — Thai Election commission (EC) said on Monday afternoon that it will announce the official result of the general election on Tuesday, Thai media reported.
The EC earlier said it would announced the result on Monday. However, due to heavy rains in three provinces, the election results can not be delivered to the EC office in Bangkok within Monday.
In addition, the EC said that 100 percent of the ballots have been counted. There have been 195 complaints filed to the EC so far, and most of them are about vote buying, lack of political neutrality among electoral officials and violation against EC regulations.
The EC held general election on Sunday. The unofficial result indicated that Pheu Thai Party won more than half of the House seats.
AFP—BANGKOK - Outgoing Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva resigned as leader of his party on Monday after heavily losing an election to the opposition allied to fugitive former leader Thaksin Shinawatra.
‘As the Democrat Party leader during the election, we won fewer seats than in the previous election, so I think as a good leader I should take responsibility by resigning,’ he told a press conference in Bangkok.
‘The Democrat Party will hold a general meeting within 90 days to elect a new leader,’ he added. The Democrats won just 159 seats out of 500, against the opposition Puea Thai’s 265 seats, the Election Commission said.
The results pave the way for Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra to become the first Thai female premier.
Mr Abhisit, who took office in a 2008 parliamentary vote after a court threw out the previous administration, conceded late Sunday, saying: ‘The outcome is clear – Puea Thai has won the election and the Democrats are defeated.’
His party, with traditional support in Bangkok and the south, has not won a general election in nearly two decades.