Sodsri fears shortage of elected MPs

Former election commissioner Sodsri Sattayatham on Sunday expressed concern over the possibility of the House of Representatives being unable to call a meeting after the Feb 2 election if the number of MPs voted into parliament is less than 95% of the full number of 500.

Mrs Sodsri was commenting on reports that the registration of candidates could not be carried out in eight southern provinces where protesters blocked contenders and officials from entering the registration venues.

The eight provinces were Surat Thani, Songkhla, Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi, Phatthalung, Trang and Phuket, which have altogether 40 constituencies. There are 15 provinces in the South with 56 election constituencies.

Because of this, there might not be candidates running in these provinces and, as a result, the number of MPs elected in the Feb 2 election might be less than 95%. The law stipulates that the House of Representatives cannot convene a meeting after a poll if the number of MPs elected under the constituency and party-list systems is less than 95% of the full number of 500.

Therefore, if there are 25 or more constituencies without MPs elected to the House, the number of members would be less than 95%, Mrs Sodsri said.

EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong expressed similar concerns. He said the EC would try to solve the problem.

The candidate registration for constituency seats is open until Jan 1.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 16/01/2014 at 05:05 PM
Why? One day is enough, EC works within a 60 day time limit (set by the constitution), so wasting 4 weeks checking an id card and education certificate for a handful of people is far too long.
Discussion 2 : 30/12/2013 at 09:23 AM
Basically, if the main opposition/supporters, accounting for a at least a third of the electorate, refuses to participate in the election you end up with a farcical govt that will lack legitimacy. No other way to put it. So, only remaining question is; are the Democrats justified in boycotting, and the answer to that is on the streets of Bangkok. You don't just raise a crowd of half a million - the biggest ever - because you 'can't win by conventional elections'. Something is clearly broken here, so the outcome of this expensive, phoney election will be a broken parliament from an election where half the voters didn't even bother voting.
Discussion 3 : 29/12/2013 at 07:08 PM
EC should allow longer period for candidates to register. Three or four weeks would be more appropriate.
Discussion 4 : 29/12/2013 at 06:25 PM
IMHO it still seems senseless to hold an election with over 300 MPs being investigated and possibly being banned. The DSI, or whoever is handling this issue, should act in all haste to reach a verdict. With all that is going on here what we really need is 300 MPs of the newly elected government being barred from office and we have to do this all over again. The costs alone would be staggering. ANd there is also the possibility of our caretaker PM being investigated for misusing funds while electioneering in the Northeast and also, now that violence has occurred, murder charges should be forthcoming, deja vu!
Discussion 5 : 29/12/2013 at 06:17 PM
So, blah-blah, cannot postpone elections, blah-blah unconstitutional, blah-blah Royal Decree, but, but, when some EC commissioners resign: no elections, when 25MPs short: no Parliament, ...and when 300+ PT MP's get the boot for 5 years? No election, and no Parliament? I keep my fingers crossed Justice will be served, soon, and they get kicked out for their shamefull show against the Constitution! And let's start with the reforms then!
Discussion 6 : 29/12/2013 at 05:23 PM
Don't worry , I read now Thaksin is getting siblings like Yaowapa to enrol their kids. Just what Thailand needs , more Shins. There is one positive though. The more registered with high list ranking the less chance that Jatuporn will become an MP and get retroactive lifetime immunity allowing him to wiggle out of his responsibility in the 2010 riots.
Discussion 7 : 29/12/2013 at 04:30 PM
It's a strange institution where an opposition party can thwart a government by refusing to exist. 555

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