A handicapped democracy -
translated and summarized from Krungthep Turakit, January 14, 2008
[Yongyut has since been approved...]
The Electoral Commission (EC) has not yet approved the selection of the party-list candidate Yongyut Tiyapairat - the Deputy Leader of the People Power Party (PPP) - to sit in Parliament. An investigation by the Special Branch of the Royal Thai Police has already concluded that Yongyut broke electoral law in the recent general election.
This sensitive case has been protracted by the fact that Yongyut is an executive of the PPP. Added to which, if his guilt is proven, the entire party could be disbanded.
This case demonstrates the inadequacies of the Thai system of democracy when confronted with a contentious electoral result. It also shows that the EC is incapable of efficiently carrying out its official responsibilities. It is known, for example, that some EC members are also supporters of powerful politicians.
The current inadequacy of the Thai system of democracy is also partly the fault of our numerous ambitious politicians - who will stop at nothing to be elected.
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