More restrictive laws, penalizing political partie…

More restrictive laws, penalizing political parties - translated and summarized from Thai Rath, January 9, 2007
Regarding the Electoral Commission moves to probe vote-buying allegations that have arisen from the recent general election. Many ‘red’ and ‘yellow’ cards will be awarded to parliamentary candidates of the People Power Party (PPP), if these probes conclude that PPP members have been breaching the electoral laws on vote-buying. This situation has led to a widespread perception that the 2007 Constitution is placing a great deal more emphasis on the penalization of political parties found to have engaged in electoral law breaches. I would like to add that another reason why the PPP is faced with a growing threat of political disbandment is because it is frequently thought to be a proxy of the now-defunct Thai Rak Thai Party - as formerly led by deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
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