Yingluck asks: Poll unconstitutional?

Why is the election unconstitutional? Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra wants Abhisit Vejjajiva to give her an explanation.

She was responding to a comment the Democrat Party leader posted on his Facebook page that he would not vote on Sunday because the poll was "unconstitutional".

"What does unconstitutional mean? The 2007 charter, particularly the section on election regulations, was altered by the Democrat-led government, not this administration," Ms Yingluck said on Saturday.

"The government has been complying with the 2007 constitution, even though it came from a military coup, not the people."

She urged people to trust the Election Commission, which is responsible for holding a fair and free general election.

"If we do not respect the rules set in the charter, how can we explain to the international community, and how can we run the country?" she asked.

The Democrats are boycotting Sunday's poll, which is costing taxpayers 3.8 billion baht (US$115 million) and will not produce enough MPs to convene a sitting of the House of Representatives.

Byelections, legal challenges and months of political wrangling are expected to prolong the process and inflate the bill to the taxpayers even further.

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Discussion 1 : 02/02/2014 at 03:08 PM
Or perhaps she is merely challenging AV to state the case behind his claim that the electional is unconstitutional, even though it has followed the rules laid down by his own party when they rewrote the Constitution?
Discussion 2 : 02/02/2014 at 11:16 AM
The real point is that PTP want to keep feeding at the trough, as ruling for all Thai's is not part of their agenda. By the way, isn't is strange that Mercedes Benz had their best year ever in Thailand? I wonder why?
Discussion 3 : 02/02/2014 at 09:46 AM
Madame your brother used his position as Prime Minister to change the law to allow him to evade billions in income tax on the sale of Thai Telcom share which he also floated on the stock exchange at a very undervalued price and sold within days to Singtel for massive billions in profitsjust two examples of how he robbed every Thai person twice. You and your brother are contemptable!
Discussion 4 : 02/02/2014 at 01:57 AM
I would like to see her and Abhisit in a televised "debate", that would set any record clear.
Discussion 5 : 02/02/2014 at 01:45 AM
so we're back to cheap mysogenistic jibes.I DON'T support her,but the sort of nasty anti-women attacks heard on the protests have sickened me
Discussion 6 : 01/02/2014 at 08:16 PM
If you actually read the court decision you would understand why the Senate amendment was not democratic. And the Court told PT the best way to change the charter is to go to the people and have a referendum. If PT is democratic, why don't they want to do that? All their amendments have been rejected for good reasons.
Discussion 7 : 01/02/2014 at 06:57 PM
She went to a farmer's college in rural Kentucky. Debate? No.
Discussion 8 : 01/02/2014 at 06:26 PM
$5 says she can't cook rice.
Discussion 9 : 01/02/2014 at 05:58 PM
If she can't understand by herself, no explanation will help her. Time for her to go back to her kitchen, or being the puppet MD for her brother company
Discussion 10 : 01/02/2014 at 05:52 PM
Nah, its a retweet from Noppadon via Dubai- don't get your hopes up :) Her school teacher said YS was a good student but she never ever asked a question in class however she sure was pretty.
Discussion 11 : 01/02/2014 at 05:27 PM
I don't know about unconstitutional, but this election is utterly immoral. Ask yourself, what is the point ?. There is no opposition party so the result is irrelevant. Plus to hold it while emergency law is in force and with mass protests on the streets is simple crazy. After much thought I have concluded it is 1) To get immunity back for Pheu-Thai MPs, 2) To pretend to the world that have been elected (from a choice of one!) and 3) To appease Thaksins enormous ego after he has been humiliated with the amnesty bill. All of which are shameful reasons : not one is in the interest of the people.
Discussion 12 : 01/02/2014 at 05:06 PM
Wait a minute. Is Yingluck debating something?
Discussion 13 : 01/02/2014 at 04:57 PM
Is it just me or was it a lot quieter when the army were in charge !! Ever thought Thai,s aren't ready for democracy just yet. from iPhone application.
Discussion 14 : 01/02/2014 at 04:51 PM
Election was considered constitutional when dem party was in power. Now the election is twisted to be unconstitutional when the dems are no more in power in power.
Discussion 15 : 01/02/2014 at 04:15 PM
.... unless they vote for them, they won’t ever get their rice payments. And this you call "no vote buying" Weird logic.
Discussion 16 : 01/02/2014 at 04:02 PM
as the old adage goes, "who blinks first loses". TS is on the ropes as shown by YS even bothering to respond to Abhibit's unilateral statement. I think it makes the government look weak - who is YS trying to convince about the correctness of the poll tomorrow? herself?
Discussion 17 : 01/02/2014 at 03:58 PM
It is their right & duty to propose amendments. The blanket amnesty was a big mistake. The attempt at making the senate fully electable is 100% democratic.
Discussion 18 : 01/02/2014 at 03:53 PM
Why should only coups change the charter and not democracy change the charter?
Discussion 19 : 01/02/2014 at 03:50 PM
Because it is the legal way to do it! The constitution is not unchangeable. It is clearly explained in the Constitution how to do it.
Discussion 20 : 01/02/2014 at 03:30 PM
Because this military constitution is written for Democratic party PAD and it's so called Thai Elite! To keep the country under Dictatorship! Democratic party is only a fake to shown the world and hide the Dictatorship! So this constitution make it impossible for other political partys to develop Thailand and it's people's. Only the faked Democratic party has the authority to keep Thailand under Dictatorship backed by this military constitution! !
Discussion 21 : 01/02/2014 at 03:24 PM
The only thing unconstitutional about this election is the protestors blocking the people's right to vote and they should be taken to court and found guilty. The election is by royal decree and you call it unconstittuional. Strong words and seems to be treading on dangerous ground.
Discussion 22 : 01/02/2014 at 03:16 PM
It's only constitutional and democratic when it favours the Aphisit and the Democrats!! E.g., the coup they found it difficult to really condemn and the micky-mouse constitution forced on the country. We all know where this is all going and it's a fait accompli that the government will be ousted out one way or another but certainly not constitutionally.
Discussion 23 : 01/02/2014 at 03:14 PM
you are foreigner, so you watch BBC news and thinks what BBC show's you. But Mr. David Reality is different. this is 2014 not 2000 that what you see in bbc is true.
Discussion 24 : 01/02/2014 at 03:12 PM
If we dont respect the rules she says ? That's rich .She and her brother haven't respected the rules from day one .Is he actually leading the country ? NO Has she ever debated one person on anything ? NO Did she issue her fugitive brother a passport illegally during the floods ? Yes Did her brothers campaigns deeply divide the country in an attempt to get his money back ? Yes
Discussion 25 : 01/02/2014 at 03:03 PM
"If we do not respect the rules set in the charter, how can we explain to the international community, and how can we run the country?" she asked. Then why do you keep trying to change the charter through your majority in parliament, instead of involving the people in a charter drafting assembly? Why do you and your party defy the authority of the courts, authority given to them by the charter? Hypocrite. Not fit to run the country.
Discussion 26 : 01/02/2014 at 02:59 PM
"If we do not respect the rules set in the charter, how can we explain to the international community, and how can we run the country?" she asked. Which rules did this gvt ever cared to respect since it was elected ??
Discussion 27 : 01/02/2014 at 02:55 PM
Exactly , this is exactly the question I would be asking too.. It is the army that made the constitution more undemocratic to benefit the DP abhisit goverment .. Yet mr abhisit has the audacity to still fraudulent lay these claims and say anything to unfairly undermine the legal election by royal decree.

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