PT seeks Democrat Party's dissolution

The Pheu Thai Party on Monday filed two petitions seeking the dissolution of the Democrat Party in connection with the opposition by the People's Democratic Reform Committee and the Network of Students and People for Thailand's Reform to the Feb 2 general election.

The first petition was filed with the Election Commission by Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit and party lawyers.

The petition asks the EC to investigate if Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the PDRC, and Nitithorn Lamlua, a core member of the NSPTR, are still members of the Democrat Party.

The petition said the PDRC is campaigning to block the election, while the NSPTR is urging candidates to boycott registration scheduled for Dec 23-27.

Both groups have also tried to force the prime minister to resign to derail the elections, even though a royal decree has been issued for the polls, the petition sad, arguing this violated Sections 76 and 152 of the constitution.

If the EC finds that Mr Suthep and Mr Nitithorn are still members of the Democrat Party and are receiving support from it, the EC's political party registrar could order the dissolution of the party, the petition said.

The other petition was filed with the Constitution Court by Singthong Buachum, a lawyer for the Pheu Thai Party.

It asks the court to issue an injunction for Mr Suthep to stop the PDRC rally, and to order the dissolution of the Democrat Party, alleging that some Democrat executve committee members had supported the rally and campaigned to block the elections in breach of Sections 112, 113, 215, 216 and 356 of the Criminal Code.

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Discussion 1 : 17/12/2013 at 03:11 PM
I feel like we are repeating 2010 with the same lawsuits thrown, same crimes the UDD leaders committed. What a flash back, Thai politics is clearly moving backwards.
Discussion 2 : 16/12/2013 at 08:59 PM
Yes, but on her terms!
Discussion 3 : 16/12/2013 at 07:40 PM
Ad here, and how many PT members were were not in Parlement when they were paid, having their votes punched in by a fellow future criminal on election fraud.
Discussion 4 : 16/12/2013 at 06:24 PM
..spot on, and that's why these clo(w)nes have to get to go.
Discussion 5 : 16/12/2013 at 05:18 PM
Fine,...then dissolve the PY Party as well, as Nattawuth, Jaturong Chaisaeng and others within the PT goverment are party members of PT, and supported several protests of the red shirts lately.
Discussion 6 : 16/12/2013 at 05:18 PM
PT would have already been banned. See the irony.
Discussion 7 : 16/12/2013 at 04:41 PM
So ironic! When the courts vote against them, they don't listen or recognize the courts. Otherwise, they petition the courts when they want help. Say what???? You can't have it both ways, PTP!!!
Discussion 8 : 16/12/2013 at 04:37 PM
I would have thought that it is perfectly normal and legitimate for members of any political party to participate in a protest and even to belong to other civil society groups. Surely the DP is allowed to support other civil society groups, just as PTP supports and is supported by UDD? Surely this is beyond question? Or are they trying to say that they have continued in their MP duties after resigning? If so that is a completely different matter to what has been stated in the article.
Discussion 9 : 16/12/2013 at 03:59 PM
I thougth YS wants reconcilation?
Discussion 10 : 16/12/2013 at 03:51 PM
The Dems should petition for the dissolution of PTP on the grounds that it is being run by a criminal fugitive abroad.
Discussion 11 : 16/12/2013 at 03:47 PM
How many Democrats were outside protesting when they were supposed to be inside working? How much did they get paid from their MP job while not performing it?
Discussion 12 : 16/12/2013 at 03:06 PM
Interesting approach, first they ask that the DEMs run in the election to assure a proper election, then the next day they file to dissolve the party. If the DEMs boycotting the election causes it to be null & void, why would dissolving them be any different. Sometimes the PTP amaze me with their apparent lack of thought before acting.
Discussion 13 : 16/12/2013 at 02:57 PM
Good idea, but I suppose they can just reform as a new party and still tell all 30% of the country to boycott the election. That's how party dissolution work in Thailand right. How about upstaging the democrats by suggesting some sincere reform initiatives towards a wholesome outcome, without trying to jockey for dominance in the process.

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