Blocked candidates petition court

Twenty-nine candidates of the Pheu Thai Party, led by party spokesman Prompong Nopparit, on Monday filed a petition with the Supreme Administrative Court, asking for an order that they remain eligible to register to run in the Feb 2 general election.

The 29 were not able to register their candidacy to contest the election in 29 constituencies in eight southern provinces, where the venues for registration were blocked by anti-government protesters.  They had earlier filed a complaint with police. 

In the petition, they asked the Supreme Administrative Court to order the Election Commission (EC) to reschedule the registration of candidates in the 29 constituencies at suitable venues, with the highest possible security, along with an order that they retain their right to register to contest the election.  

The 29 also asked the court to rule whether the Election Commission members had neglected to perform their duty in not being able to make arrangements for them to register their candidacy.

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