Network petitions Senate to sack EC

The network of Thai people to safeguard democracy on Wednesday filed a petition with Senate Speaker Nikom Wairatpanich asking the Senate to dismiss all members of the Election Commission for alleged neglect of duty in organising the election on Feb 2.

The petition, filed by network leader Prawet Wallopbanharn, was signed by 20,000 people.

In the petition, the EC is alleged to have not done enough to complete the election.

The EC intentionally did not take measures to prevent People's Democratic Reform Committee protesters from blocking the registration of candidates and prevent voting in many constituencies.  As a result, it was not able to announce the results of the Feb 2 polls.

The EC was guilty of dereliction of duty and had failed to protect the people's voting rights, according to the petition.

The network asked the Senate to remove all five members of the Election Commission under Section 274 of the constitution.

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Discussion 1 : 19/02/2014 at 04:28 PM
spot on !!
Discussion 2 : 19/02/2014 at 04:05 PM
This will surely nullify the February 2nd election, as there will be no Parliament seated within 30 days after the election was held, as is required by law. It will take the Senate much longer than that to fire, and then appoint a new EC, and have it endorsed, as they are themselves standing for election on March 2nd. There can be no Senate election on March 2nd, or by-elections without an EC. The timing of this petition makes one wonder who's side this supposedly pro-government group is on. The Feb. 2nd election will be nullified.
Discussion 3 : 19/02/2014 at 02:32 PM
Correct. Unfortunately the Senate, thanks to be half appointed by the old elite, will probably find no lack of fullfilling their dury / responsibility and simply drop the petitition. Then they will find Yinluck guilty of her lack of duty in the rice Pledge scheeme and work out any punishment resolving in her to resign. The revenge for trying to make the Senate fully elected.
Discussion 4 : 19/02/2014 at 01:56 PM
About time. The present EC is worthless and politically involved with the anti-democratic reactionary movement
Discussion 5 : 19/02/2014 at 01:53 PM
The EC intentionally did not take measures to prevent People's Democratic Reform Committee protesters from blocking the registration of candidates. The PTP intentionally did not take measures to prevent PDRC protestors from blocking parliament. Sack the PTP.

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