Electoral corruption must be considered without bias - translated and summarized from Thai Rath, January 12, 2008
The Chairman of the Election Commission has for the first time expressed his concerns over the issue of whether the Deputy Leader of the People Power Party - Yongyut Tiyapairat (a party-list parliamentary candidate) - should receive a ‘red card’ for electoral infringements.
The Constitution and its associated laws both fail to spell out what should be done if a party-list parliamentary candidate receives a ‘red’ card. Even the Electoral Commission itself does not know what should be done in this case.
The conundrum is as to whether a political party should be disbanded if a ‘red’ card is awarded to its deputy leader. But electoral law does apparently stipulate that a party should be disbanded if one of its members is involved in corrupt electoral practice.The Election Commission must consider this matter very carefully, with strict regard to the Constitution, if it is to avoid being blamed over this vital decision.
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