Pattaya Daily News

11 August 2006 :: 00:08:07 am 30107

Thailand Court nominates 10 EC candidates

BANGKOK, Aug 10 (TNA) - Thailand‘s Supreme Court judges Thursday selected 10 candidates, mostly judges and one woman, to become election commissioner candidates.
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     The five-member commission will be chosen by the Senate from those nominated.

     The general assembly was attended by 83 of a total 86 judges from the highest court, with three judges absent — one on sick leave, the two others taking business leave and an overseas trip, respectively.

     In a day-long meeting, the judges selected 10 names from the list of 42 contenders who applied for the jobs.

     The first five selected in the morning session are Wicha Mahakhun, chief of family and juvenile division of the Supreme Court; Wasant Sroypisut, chief of the labour cases division of the Supreme Court; Apichart Sukhakkhanon, chief of the environmental cases division of the Supreme Court; Udom Fuangfung, a senior judge from the South Bangkok Criminal Court and Somchai Juengprasert, senior judge of the Supreme Court.

     The second five–selected in the afternoon session–are Kaewsan Atibhodi, former senator; Nam Yimyaem, former Supreme Court judge; Praphan Naikowit, deputy attorney-general; Sumet Upanisakorn, senior judge of Bangkok South Criminal Court; and Sodsri Satayadharma, chief judge of the Supreme Court.

     The Supreme Court is set to send the shortlisted 10 names to the Senate on Friday.

     The Senate is set to hold an extraordinary meeting session on August 15 to scrutinise the qualifications and backgrounds of EC candidates nominated by the Supreme Court before deciding to choose five of the ten nominees as new members of the Election Commission.

     In the same meeting, the Senate will also screen nominees for Thailand‘s National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC).

     The new EC selection process began after the Senate asked the Supreme Court to name 10 candidates under Article 138 of the constitution to replace the three convicted commissioners, who resigned after being jailed last month.

     The new five-member Election Commission will organise and supervise the upcoming general election set for October 15.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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