Abhisit: Phongthep fudging the law

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has accused caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanchana of trying to manipulate the law to perpetuate the Pheu Thai party’s power.

He sarcastically thanked Mr Phongthep for citing laws which could be used to bolster the party's election nullification case.

The Democrats have applied to the Constitution Court to void the Feb 2 elections, citing Section 68 of the charter, which penalises the exercise of rights and liberties to acquire ruling power through unconstitutional means.

"I have to thank him for his efforts. They betray a struggle to seek power, even if it means wrongly interpreting the law. They will in turn add weight to the indictment filed by Virat Kallayasiri," Mr Abhisit said, referring to his party’s former Songkhla MP.

The former premier added that Mr Pongthep had himself suggested an analogy be drawn in the case.

The charter stipulates that convening of the national assembly requires at least 95% of the total number of MPs, currently 500.

Mr Abhisit said Mr Phongthep suggested if fewer than 95% of the required number were elected, the body could still be considered the national assembly, but action has to be taken to meet the required number.

Mr Phongthep also suggested new polls could be called in the 28 constituencies where there had been no candidates, saying the law which allows fresh elections in constituencies where there is only one candidate who had won less than 20% of all eligible votes could be applied, Mr Abhisit said.

These were attempts to distort the intention of the laws, Mr Abhisit said.

The government had forced the Election Commission to cnduct the polls by abusing the law, he said.

"This is an endless attempt to perpetuate power," Mr Abhisit said.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 06/02/2014 at 05:49 AM
THe dems never give up boycotted the polls and now cry boo hoo the public must be sick of the antics no better that kidergarden from both parties
Discussion 2 : 05/02/2014 at 10:14 PM
Is it reality or are we in a comedy here? Those who obstruct elections and democracy accuse the defenders of elections and democracy to perpetuate power? They attempted a to grab power against the wqishes of the people and now they accuse - what a ridiculous theatre!
Discussion 3 : 05/02/2014 at 10:01 PM
dialog? via skype or serving a sentence?
Discussion 4 : 05/02/2014 at 05:51 PM
what these people need to know is the country needs a clean government...so let's wait and see who will accept the court's judgement when it comes to light ...we have found out the truth with the rice pledging schemewhich Chinese Governing body will not tolerate anymore with the corrupted government and might put the cronies in the execution list by now. Here in Thailand we might see someone fleeing to join their great leader...soon.
Discussion 5 : 05/02/2014 at 05:44 PM
In this article if you switch around the names and parities , the very same accusations could easily be made of the democrat party. Why does each day's news seem like grade school children having an argument over who is more to blame. Nothing will go forward without humility, confession, mutual respect and dialog.

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