Thailand’s poll agency voices concern on proposed party advisor role of Thaksin

 

2007-10-29 13:18:21

    BANGKOK, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) — Responding to calls for it to look into the People Power Party’s plan to appoint ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as a key adviser, Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) said such an appointment would be legal but inappropriate.

    EC secretary-general Suthiphon Thaveechaiygarn made the commentMonday as People Power Party (PPP) secretary-general Noppadon Pattama, also legal advisor to Thaksin, was preparing to consult the EC on the planned appointment, according to Bangkok Post’s news website.

    The idea has prompted strong criticism by anti-Thaksin groups, who questioned its legitimacy and urged the EC to seek a court ruling on that.

    The PPP, which groups some key figures of the former ruling Thai Rak Thai party (TRT) founded by Thaksin, said it plans to appoint the former premier as its adviser if it wins the election.

    The military-appointed Constitution Tribunal handed down a verdict on May 30 to disband the TRT party on electoral fraud charges and banned all 111 party executives, including Thaksin, from running in elections, being party executives or setting up any new parties in five years.

    However, the ban does not prevent the former prime minister from taking on an advisory role.

    Suthiphon said that though appointing the former prime minister as party adviser was not illegal, "socially and politically, the move is not appropriate because it apparently involves politics".

    "They should show spirit by not publicly supporting any political party to avoid possible chaos in society," Suthiphon was quoted as saying.

    Thaksin was ousted in a bloodless military coup on Sept. 19 last year, an act that the junta said it had been forced to take in order to end the deep social divisions in the nation caused by Thaksin’s administration.

Thailand’s poll agency voices concern on proposed party advisor role of Thaksin

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