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30 December 2007 :: 14:12:22 pm 29311

First 3 Red Cards for PPP Winners

BANGKOK, DEC 30 Thailand‘s Election Commission (EC) on Sunday issued the first three red cards disqualifying three People Power Party (PPP) winners from the northeastern province of Buriram from the December 23 general election.
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EC secretary general Sutthipol Thaweechaikan said the three winners – Pornchai Srisuthiyothin, Rungroj Thongsri and Prakit Poldej – were also banned from political activities for one year and were subject to criminal charges along with their canvassers for making financial promises to those who cast their ballots for them.

The EC decided at its meeting on Saturday to issue the three red cards to the PPP elected members of parliament following a complaint lodged by a member of the Puea Pandin party on December 20, claiming the trio had allegedly promised incentives to eligible voters.

A new election will be held in Constituency 1 of Buriram on January 13 and the three disqualified candidates would have to pay for damages done to the election, Mr Sutthipol said.

Foreseeing the issuance of more yellow and red cards to election winners, the EC secretary general said the EC should complete its investigation of all electoral fraud cases within January 3.

An election winner who is issued a red card is prohibited from re-contesting in a new election, while those who receive a yellow card are allowed to re-run.

The EC has already wrapped up 24 electoral fraud cases – 12 of which involved winners from the PPP.

Meanwhile, PPP executive Yongyuth Tiyapairat who won in the northern province of Chiang Rai in the Dec 23 general election sent his lawyer to meet the EC on Sunday, after he was summoned for questioning on a vote-buying allegation. Through his lawyer, Mr Yongyuth said he was abroad and would show up before the EC on January 8. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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