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06 January 2008 :: 10:01:24 am 29294

PPP to Appeal Red-Carded Winners to Council of State

BANGKOK, Jan 5 - The People Power Party (PPP) will submit a formal complaint to the Council of State urging it to investigate the issuing of red cards by the Election Commission (EC) disqualifying three party election winners in Constituency 1 of the northeastern province of Buri Ram, PPP secretary-general Surapong Suebwonglee said today.
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Expressing his surprise, Mr. Surapong said the three winners in the December 23 general election were earlier asked by the Buri Ram EC office to clarify the charges and complained that the agency officials did not then mention that they would be issuing them the disqualifying red cards.

The statement by the Buri Ram EC officials was made in writing, PPD said, and the party will ask the Council of State to consider their request on January 7 to scrutinise its process of issuing of red cards, which Mr. Surapong claimed may contradict the rules, suggesting that it could be a important precedent in relation to the other candidates as a “case study because more than 70 election winners haven’t yet been endorsed.” To date, 83 election winners of six political parties, including the PPP, have not yet had their been certified by the EC.

Touching on yesterday’s massive demonstration in front of EC office in Buri Ram, he said the protest was held within the rights of the people and if it did not harm others. Over 10,000 voters from Buri Ram districts — including the PPP candidates under question, Prakit Poldej, Pornchai Srisuthiyothin and Rungroj Thongsri — on Friday protested the election panel’s decision to issue red cards to the trio. No violence was reported.

Meanwhile, Election Commissioner Prapan Naikowit said the EC head office was responsible in issuing red cards to winning election candidates who were found to engage in election fraud and urged the protestors not to pressure the EC as the case would be considered by the Council of State when it meets at 9.30 am Monday.

When asked whether the EC would ask for additional help from the government, Mr. Prapan said there was no need to impose martial law in Buri Ram as he believed the protesters would now better understand tghe situation after receiving clarification from his agency.(TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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