Election Commission of Thailand (ECT)
The Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) has requested the Constitutional Court to suspend Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroonruangkit from parliament, after accusing him of holding shares in a media company.
The calculation of party-list MPs by Election Commission favours pro-junta parties as it slices down the opposition. Here’s how it works step-by-step.
With growing suspicion and anger over the Election Commission’s handling of the March poll, Thais have expressed their displeasure in a variety of ways: netizens have mocked and criticised the commission online, a demonstration against the agency at Victory Monument attracted around a hundred people, and student groups from twelve different universities have organised a petition calling for the commissioners to be impeached.
On Wednesday (10 April), the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights (TANC) went to the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) headquarters to hand an open letter calling for transparency in the vote counting process and for the ECT to stop prosecuting citizens.
Yesterday (5 April), the People’s Coalition for a Fair Election made a statement on the campaign to impeach the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) at a demonstration in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. The petition now has over 7,200 signatures.
The Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) has filed defamation charges against Voice TV host Sirote Klampaiboon and activist Nuttaa Mahattana, most likely for Voice TV’s broadcasting on the election day.
Yesterday (28 March), a group of students at Kasetsart University said that university officials prohibited them from campaigning to impeach the ECT on campus, and that they were also photographed by police officers.
Yesterday (4 March), the Election Commission (EC) accepted a petition filed by Srisuwan Janya against Thanathorn Juangroonruangkit for violating Section 73(5) of the 2017 organic law on the election of MPs.
The recently-dismissed Election Commissioner has said that the upcoming general election might be invalidated due to legal ambiguity and conflicts of authority between the junta and the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT). On 25 March 2018, Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, a former member of the ECT, posted on Facebook a prediction that two problematic issues could lead to the nullification of the long-awaited election.
Thailand has taken another step closer to general elections after the promulgation of the new junta-written election commission law. New election commissioners will be selected by the 250 junta-appointed senators. On 13 September 2017, the Organic Act on the Election Commission was published in the Royal Gazette after being passed by the National Legislative Assembly on 8 September.