From Thairath, March 24, 2018
Title: Come together, but leave alone
EC commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn: They said I talked so much.
On the sleeve: Return happiness [the junta’s motto]
On the hand: Article 44
On the paper: EC roadmap to postpone the election
Word between the finger and the paper: Ding [the sound of snapping fingers]
Phi Nooring: Know what the NCPO is up to.
[Refers to PM Prayut, head of the National Council for Peace and Order (the ruling junta), who used the military’s absolute power under Article 44 to remove Somchai Srisutthiyakorn as an election commissioner.
The junta claimed that there were conflicts of interests and comments made by Somchai that could “confuse the public” about the upcoming election.
Somchai has openly criticized the military’s move to remove all the election commissioners and have them replaced.
All of this is another indication what the military is seeking to maintain control of government after the elections and has jettisoned earlier pledges of reform and fair dealing.]