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21 November 2007 :: 11:11:30 am 29398

Vote-Buying May Lead to Assets Confiscation, Warns Poll Agency

BANGKOK, Nov 20 - Thailand‘s Election Commission has threatened to confiscate the wealth of candidates contesting the December 23 election under the country‘s anti-money laundering laws if they are found to have bought votes in any manner, according to poll agency secretary-general Suthiphol Thaweechaikarn.
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The Election Commission plans to consult regarding the matter with the chief of the Anti-Money Laundering Office shortly so that the assets of vote-buying candidates might be seized, he said.

The agency’s secretary general added that certain candidates had allegedly transferred their bank accounts in unusual fashion though the amounts were not found alarmingly large as yet.

Meanwhile, EC chief Aphichart Sukhagganond sidestepped questions about a controversial recent poll conducted by the National Campaign Against Vote-Buying chaired by the deputy prime minister that basically said that Thai vote buyers would not be reported by the vast majority of citizens, and that two out of three voters would willingly sell their ‘democratic’ rights to the highest budder.

The poll reportedly indicated that 83 per cent of all respondents saying they would not inform the poll agency of possible vote-buying activity anywhere, while 64 per cent of the respondents say they will accept the money offered them in exchange for their votes for any candidate running for a parliamentary seat.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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