EC urged to seek charter court ruling

The Democrat Party has urged the Election Commission to quickly break the deadlock over the 28 southern constituencies which did not have a candidate in the Feb 2 election by seeking a Constitution Court ruling over the matter.

Democrat spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said Sunday Thai politics had reached an impasse as caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana and the Pheu Thai Party's legal team had rejected the EC's proposal for the government to issue a royal decree to fix a new election date for the 28 southern constituencies.

He suggested that the EC follow Section 241 of the constitution by filing a petition in the Constitution Court for it to rule on the matter.

The government and the EC should not just simply say they do not have the authority to hold a new election, but act immediately to solve the problem.

The Constitution Court should be asked to rule on whether the Feb 2 election was invalid and which group, the EC or the government, had the authority to propose a royal decree on a new election date for the 28 constituencies, Mr Chavanond said.

Ong-art Klampaiboon, a Democrat deputy leader, said this was apparently a legal conflict between the EC and the government.

Therefore, a Constitution Court ruling should be sought and the ruling should be final.

Mr Ong-art said he believed if the government refused to issued a royal decree, the EC would not hold a new election in those constituencies, putting politics at an impasse.

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