Sat, 2008-04-12 01:19
Bangkok, 12 April, Asiantribune.com): Thailand’s Election Commission by majority vote on Friday resolved to ask the Constitution Court to dissolve two coalition political party partners — the Chart Thai and Mahachimathipataya parties– charging that they had committed electoral fraud in relation to the December 23, 2007 general election last year.
The five-member poll agency voted 4-1 to passed the ruling after considering the personal judgment made by EC chairman Apichart Sukhagganond, in his capacity as registrar of political parties, according to Suthipol Thaveechaikarn, EC secretary-general.
Mr. Apichart’s judgement had been taken into account hours before the assembled commissioners passed their ruling that the two coalition parties be dissolved following the disqualification of their executive candidates for their alleged involvement in rigging the December elections, according to Mr. Suthipol.
The election body will forward its decision to the Office of the Attorney General, which has 30 days to file the case in the Constitution Court.
If prosecutors refuse to take the case, the Election Commission could file the case before the court itself.
The top leaders of both parties testified before the elections’ commissioners with additional information in bids to fight for their political survival Tuesday.
Dissolution would deal a heavy blow for both the 34-year-old Chart Thai party under the helm of former prime minister Banharn Silpa-Archa and the Matchimathipataya party, led by Anongwan Thepsutin, the wife of Somsak Thepsutin, a banned executive of the dissolved Thai Rak Thai party, which was formed prior to last year’s general election.
The Chart Thai party, which won 37 seats in the election, is the second largest party in six-party coalition government led by the People Power Party, while Matchimathiptaya won seven seats.
– Asian Tribune –
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