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13 July 2010 :: 14:07:24 pm 30654

Thailand’s EC File Request for Immediate Party Dissolution

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday signed a letter requesting that the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) file a request to the Constitution Court for immediate dissolution of the ruling Democrat Party.
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Bangkok, the 13th of July 2010: EC president Apichart Sukhagghanont, in his capacity as political party registrar, signed the letter based on the findings of a joint working group that implicated the Democrat Party in receiving unlawful donations along with possible mismanagement of political party development funds.

Mr. Sukhagghanont said that the move was based on Friday’s joint EC-OAG working group decision that the ruling Democrat Party be dissolved. Accordingly, in his position as political party registrar Mr. Sukhagghanont is required to inform the attorney-general without waiting for an EC commissioner’s vote, as was previously decided.

The joint venture group between the OAG and the EC was formed after an initial request to present evidence against the Democrat Party to the Constitution Court was denied by the attorney-general. The EC found that the Democrat Party had violated the Political Party Act by failing to declare funding, which was consequently largely in excess of the legal limit.

Investigations center on the unlawful donation of Bt258 million in funding to the Democrat Party by TPI Polene Plc, the country’s third largest cement manufacturer. Founded by former Matchimatipatai Party (Neutral Democratic Party) leader Prachai Leophairatana, TPI Polene is alleged to have donated the money through the advertising company Messiah Business and Creation.

In addition, the ruling Democrat Party has also been accused of misusing a Bt29 million fund allocation from the EC political party development fund, the details of which have remained confidential.

Based on the initial refusal of the suit by Attorney-General Chulasing Wasantasing, the EC-OAG committee was given a 30-day consideration period as is required by law. That consideration period is due to expire today, with the lawsuit expected to be forwarded to the court this afternoon.

In conclusion, if the lawsuit is successful it would mean the immediate dissolution of the ruling Democrat Party and possible exclusions from politics for over 40 party executives including party leader and Prime Minister, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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