Democrats seek to nullify polls

The Democrat Party will file a petition with the Office of the Ombudsman, asking it to seek a ruling from the Constitution Court on whether the Feb 2 election is invalid, deputy party leader Ong-art Klampaiboon said on Sunday after the end of voting.

He said the Democrat Party believed the election contravened the Electoral Act and the Constitution. The party will gather evidence of wrongdoing and submit a request with the Office of the Ombudsman, asking it to approach the Constitution Court.

The request would be separate from the one submitted earlier by Wirat Kallayasiri, chief of the party's legal office.

Mr Ong-art called on the government to lift the emergency decree imposed in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. Now that the Feb 2 election, a reason for imposing the decree, is regarded as over, it was no longer necessary to keep the decree in force. Moreover, it was evident that the protests had not caused violence to a point where an emergency situation was justified.

The decree, he said, would only erode confidence in the country's economy and tourism, Mr Ong-art said.

On the election, Mr Ong-art said it was unlikely parliament would open and a new prime minister named and a new government appointed in five to six months from now, causing Thailand lost opportunities.

He said the government had insisted on holding the election to retain power for as long as possible.

Moreover, the government hoped to use the election results to claim that the majority of people still support it and to win support from the international community, Mr Ong-art said.

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Discussion 1 : 03/02/2014 at 10:45 AM
There are already books of well thought corruption charges and no-confidence debates filed by the "misnomer" Democrats which the PT has simply ignored and continued, majority against minority... This is what we call democratic dictatorship. How many laws these PT members have tried to pass which were in breach of the constitution? So then they even wanted to change the whole constitution... They even threatened not to recognize the court's verdict! Not worth a protest in you opinion?
Discussion 2 : 03/02/2014 at 06:25 AM
If Democrats ( such a misnomer) had just done the job they were elected to do there wouldn't be this city wide crippling protest movement. The courts are obviously not friendly with the government and if the opposition was at all competent they would have brought well thought out corruption charges to the court. Instead they make their constituents do all the dirty work (i.e protests) and as a result innocent people have been seriously hurt or killed.
Discussion 3 : 03/02/2014 at 04:54 AM
Errr - Suthep isn't from Dubai, is he?
Discussion 4 : 02/02/2014 at 11:56 PM
The House dissolution didn't mean the government's resignation. These crooks knew pretty well in advance that they still would be the one who would hold authority, without any opposition - you may add, in running the country in the form or caretaker government by the virtue of the constitution. I personally think this process stinks. Only the EC has the superior authority while the country is under the caretaker government. And we all have seen how that worked out with this stubborn government. Take this general election for example: The EC should have been the one and only the one that has the final say on the election-related matters.
Discussion 5 : 02/02/2014 at 11:50 PM
My dear friend if you can actually read the news the EC tends to not favour PT,yes it should be counted but dont' try to say that it was PT that told the EC to not publish those numbers.
Discussion 6 : 02/02/2014 at 11:47 PM
The Government held the election because that is what you are suppose to do when you dissolve parliament, you choose to not have your party run in the election so why should it election be nullified?
Discussion 7 : 02/02/2014 at 08:30 PM
This quest for another period of Red shirt-cum-Pue Thai democratic tirrany and democratic dictatorship in continuing the corruption should end... Time that this criminal from Dubai stops further eroding the peace in this country by his insatiable savour for power and money.
Discussion 8 : 02/02/2014 at 07:12 PM
The Democrats say that "they will gather evidence". Wouldn't it make sense to gather the evidence first and then file a lawsuit? Well, "yes" if you were being honest about the process. But "no" if your only interest is a cynical attempt to subvert the will of the majority of Thai voters (yet again).
Discussion 9 : 02/02/2014 at 06:51 PM
It's getting more and more erratic. A credible alternative to PT would be much needed, not a bunch of bickering rascals.
Discussion 10 : 02/02/2014 at 06:46 PM
I just hope the election commission counts the no votes this time. The no vote was on the ballot and should be counted. In the last election the EC refused to count the "Vote No" votes, essentially meaning 11million+ votes were not counted. The PT party is afraid to hear how many people vote no. It would have meant their win last time was only about 37% of all the votes cast, not 48%.
Discussion 11 : 02/02/2014 at 06:46 PM
The government resigned as requested by the protesters. It then held an election as required of it by the constitution. The way the Democrats constantly twist the simple truth into giant conspiracies is beneath professional politicians. But why doesn't the Thai press - including the BKK - contradict these people pointing out the inherent contradictions in their statements?
Discussion 12 : 02/02/2014 at 06:34 PM
"Morover the government hoped to use the election results to claim that the majority of people still support it and to win support from the international community .". Is this honestly one of the reasons given to nullify the democratic elections? News flash for the 'Undemocrats', in democratic countries, elections are precisely the mechanism through which parties earn the right to claim majority support from the people and win the respect of the international community. Your current methods will achieve the polar opposite. The predictable outcome is condemnation from the international community and the overwhelming majority of The Thai people
Discussion 13 : 02/02/2014 at 06:32 PM
Well done…The Dubai cronies cling onto power for more billions of the honest taxpayers money….
Discussion 14 : 02/02/2014 at 06:30 PM
"the government hoped to use the election results to claim that the majority of people still support it and to win support from the international community, Mr Ong-art said." Erm... hard to think of any way of commenting on this.
Discussion 15 : 02/02/2014 at 06:20 PM
"He said the government had insisted on holding the election to retain power for as long as possible." It is outrageous! Power should be retained not by elections but by violence and intimidation.

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