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Polling agency urged to speed up verification of MPs-designate


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

POLITICAL ACTIVISTS TODAY (June 14) pressed the Election Commission to speed up the verification of the MPs-designate who have scored victories in the May 14 election now that the nationwide race has already elapsed a full month.

Those activists led by iLaw group peacefully gathered at the Election Commission headquarters on Chaengwattana Road calling for the verification of a minimum 95% of all 500 MPs-designate as soon as possible so that an elected prime minister could be named and an eight-partner coalition government could begin to work.

Yingcheep Atchanon, the iLaw group leader, said the Election Commission now has no more excuse for further delay in the verification of the MPs-designate after ballots at 47 polling units in Bangkok and the provinces had been recounted on Sunday.

The iLaw group leader commented the ongoing delay on the part of the polling agency in the verification of the MPs-designate has become an unusual time-consuming process which is apparently obstructing the due progress in the naming of the prime minister at parliament.

Though the polling agency is provided by law a maximum of 60-day time or by July 13 to verify the MPs-designate, it now has nothing else to keep it from doing so very shortly, he said.

Election Commission chairman Itthiporn Boonprakhong has earlier confirmed a minimum 95% of the MPs-designate will likely be verified a few weeks before the deadline.

Student activist Patsaravalee Tanakitvibulpon said the slowed verification process has already prompted many people to have doubts about the polling agency’s integrity and wonder if it might possibly collude with an alleged conspiracy to hold back the naming of the elected prime minister and the running of the country by the Move Forward-led coalition government.

As soon as the MPs have been verified, the first House session is scheduled to open in 15 days to pick a House speaker and to be followed in a one-week time by a joint House/Senate session to name and vote a partisan candidate for prime minister.

Move Forward leader/prime minister-designate Pita Limjaroenrat who currently has a combined majority of 312 MPs from eight coalition partners on his side will need at least 64 more yea votes from among non-coalition MPs and senators to muster an adequate support for the top post of government.


Political activists led by iLaw  group rallying at the Election Commission and submitting their written request today, June 14, 2023. Photos: Thai Rath

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