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Court rescinds polling agency’s ban on ex-Democrat MP


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

THE SUPREME COURT today (May 2) rescinded the Election Commission’s decision to ban a former Democrat MP from contesting the May 14 general election in Nakhon Nayok.

The Supreme Court overruled the order earlier given by the Election Commission’s branch office in charge of Constituency 2 of the central province and immediately returned the eligible right to contest to Charnchai Isarasenarak who had already applied to run.

The constituency-based branch office of the polling agency had earlier charged that Charnchai had broken the election law since he was found to hold 200 shares of Advanced Info Service Plc, thus denying him the right to contest.

Nevertheless, the Supreme Court overruled the ban imposed on Charnchai by the polling agency’s branch office and concluded that such a small volume of AIS shares in his possession was only worth 39,000 baht with which it would be very unconceivable for him to force the telecom firm, reportedly to have a total value of 579 billion baht, to do anything either for or against any other individuals or parties vying in the general election.

In Constituency 2 of Nakhon Nayok, the ex-Democrat MP is seeking re-election in competition with two archrivals who are uncle and nephew to each other, namely ex-Pheu Thai MP Wuthichai Kittithanesuan who is currently running under the Bhumjaithai tickets and Kriangkrai Kittithanesuan vying under the Pheu Thai banners.


Top and Front Page: Former Democrat MP Charnchai Isarasenarak. Both photos: Thai Rath

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