By Thai Newsroom Reporters
A MINIMUM OF 95% OF A total of 500 MP-designates will likely be verified by the Election Commission sooner than a 60-day time as maximumly provided by law, confirmed the polling agency’s chairman Itthiporn Boonprakhong today (Jun 3).
Though the Election Commission is legally given a maximum of 60 days to certify the minimum of 95% of MP-designates or within July 13, the polling agency will likely finish it off sooner than that, Itthiporn said.
Nevertheless, allegations of electoral riggings and vote buying had been filed against more than 20 winning candidates, thus keeping the polling agency preoccupied with the investigating process for the time being, according to Itthiporn. The polling agency’s chairman did not name names but assured that the accused will be served justice, the process for which will be conducted without delay.
It remains to be seen whether any specific constituencies where the alleged electoral riggings or vote-buying plots had been petitioned might possibly be subject to a by-election or a revoting at any individual polling units or a recounting of the ballots on which votes had already been cast, he said.
The Election Commission has been considerably criticised for allegedly keeping a slow pace to certify a minimum of 95% MP-designates or 475 out of the total 500 elected lawmakers as though the polling agency had deliberately stalled the legal process for a Move Forward-led coalition government headed by Pita Limjaroenrat as prime minister to take over following the May 14 election.
Election Commission chairman Itthiporn Boonprakhong. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon