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Apichart: Jatuporn should have been disqualified

By THE NATION

Election Commission Chairman Apichart Sukhagganond said yesterday that in his view Pheu Thai MP-elect Jatuporn Promphan should be considered to have lost his party membership as he failed to cast his ballot on election day, July 3.

Apichart, who is also the political party registrar ex-officio, said he voted for the EC to disqualify Jatuporn right away, due to his lack of qualification, without having to refer the case to the Constitution Court.

"It's like when a job opening requires a bachelor's degree graduate, you should not accept someone who lacks the qualification," Apichart said.

However, the four other election commissioners voted for the EC to endorse Jatuporn on the grounds the EC had no power to disqualify him.

Jatuporn, who is also a key red-shirt leader, was released from the Bangkok Remand Prison on Tuesday after the EC endorsed him as a Pheu Thai party-list MP.

Election commissioner Wisuth Pothitaen said the EC resolved yesterday to have a written explanation published regarding the EC decision on Jatuporn's qualification, as well as other decisions made by the EC, for the public to have a better understanding.

He said the EC investigation into Jatuporn's qualifications would start soon but that it would be done carefully.

In a related development, EC secretary-general Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn yesterday said the fact-finding team set up by the election commissioners has begun its investigation into an allegation that a senior EC official recently played golf with politicians. He said the probe panel would take some time to gather information and complete its job.

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-- The Nation 2011-08-04

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"It's like when a job opening requires a bachelor's degree graduate, you should not accept someone who lacks the qualification," Apichart said.

However, the four other election commissioners voted for the EC to endorse Jatuporn on the grounds the EC had no power to disqualify him.

It's like when a job description is given, and then..........

Someone please tell me what the function of the EC is, it appears all they do is dictate how long it takes to put a tick in a box.

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EC Undaunted by Lawsuit Threats

The Election Commission insists the endorsements of MP-elects from the July 3 general election have been carried out transparently.

It is confident despite threats of lawsuits.

Election Commissioner Sodsri Sattayatham challenges those who are threatening to sue the Election Commission or EC for dubious work in endorsing the status of Pheu Thai red-shirt MP Jatuporn Phrompan.

Sodsri reasoned that the EC has worked within the law, and, consequently, it is not concerned about lawsuits.

She stated that the EC is prepared to cooperate in an investigation.

However, she asserted that the EC will sue back if it is found to be innocent.

Sodsri claims the EC investigated Jatuporn's case thoroughly.

In addition, she added that Jatuporn's endorsement has not been finalized yet, as the Constitutional Court must still give its interpretation of Jatuporn's party membership after the detained red-shirt leader failed to cast his vote on July 3.

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-- Tan Network 2011-08-04

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EC Undaunted by Lawsuit Threats

The Election Commission insists the endorsements of MP-elects from the July 3 general election have been carried out transparently.

It is confident despite threats of lawsuits.

Election Commissioner Sodsri Sattayatham challenges those who are threatening to sue the Election Commission or EC for dubious work in endorsing the status of Pheu Thai red-shirt MP Jatuporn Phrompan.

Sodsri reasoned that the EC has worked within the law, and, consequently, it is not concerned about lawsuits.

She stated that the EC is prepared to cooperate in an investigation.

However, she asserted that the EC will sue back if it is found to be innocent.

Sodsri claims the EC investigated Jatuporn's case thoroughly.

In addition, she added that Jatuporn's endorsement has not been finalized yet, as the Constitutional Court must still give its interpretation of Jatuporn's party membership after the detained red-shirt leader failed to cast his vote on July 3.

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-- Tan Network 2011-08-04

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Banana Republic springs to mind.... I have been in love with Thailand since I first came here in 1990.. I am packing up now and heading to Vietnam... even if I have to eat dogs, better than the shi* I have to eat here.. down the drain it goes..! Can anyone believe this terrorist is now an M.P. ? Corruption unlimited.. how much did Mr T. pay those commisioners for this vote..? I heard one million each, and free golf for life..! Can,t wait to see all those workers getting 300 bahts per day.. and so many hand held computers for sale in the villages of Issan.. And the band plays on..!!

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Hmm, Apichart, the same Apichart who was responsible for filing the dissolution charges against the Democrat Party but managed to do so, too late and in the wrong order, thus paving the way for the charges to be dropped. The same Apichart who, on December 17th 2010, was among the minority of EC members who said both cases should be dropped.

And here he is, large as life, saying that Jaturporn should have been disqualified. Wonder whose mast his colours are nailed to? :whistling:

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PTP had rules for their candidates and members that they cannot be sentences to jail for a crime etc - this requirement was removed in Dec 2010.

So they have standards - they are just willing to lower them to not have to enforce them when they want to get their low-life candidates into the party-list.

Impressive.

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EC Undaunted by Lawsuit Threats

The Election Commission insists the endorsements of MP-elects from the July 3 general election have been carried out transparently.

It is confident despite threats of lawsuits.

Election Commissioner Sodsri Sattayatham challenges those who are threatening to sue the Election Commission or EC for dubious work in endorsing the status of Pheu Thai red-shirt MP Jatuporn Phrompan.

Sodsri reasoned that the EC has worked within the law, and, consequently, it is not concerned about lawsuits.

She stated that the EC is prepared to cooperate in an investigation.

However, she asserted that the EC will sue back if it is found to be innocent.

Sodsri claims the EC investigated Jatuporn's case thoroughly.

In addition, she added that Jatuporn's endorsement has not been finalized yet, as the Constitutional Court must still give its interpretation of Jatuporn's party membership after the detained red-shirt leader failed to cast his vote on July 3.

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-- Tan Network 2011-08-04

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Banana Republic springs to mind.... I have been in love with Thailand since I first came here in 1990.. I am packing up now and heading to Vietnam... even if I have to eat dogs, better than the shi* I have to eat here.. down the drain it goes..! Can anyone believe this terrorist is now an M.P. ? Corruption unlimited.. how much did Mr T. pay those commisioners for this vote..? I heard one million each, and free golf for life..! Can,t wait to see all those workers getting 300 bahts per day.. and so many hand held computers for sale in the villages of Issan.. And the band plays on..!!

remember when the terrorists took over Bangkok and it was alleged that Thaksin was paying for the red shirt leaders to orchestrate the whole thing? Jatuporn said at that time that he was not being paid and that all he owned was his home and toyota fortuner. i am looking forward to the time when he has to explain his unusual wealth to a court. i hope that some judge in this country has the integrity to put this guy in jail. i don't really expect to see it but i can dream can't i. ps if i could convince my thai wife to leave i'd be gone as well

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PTP had rules for their candidates and members that they cannot be sentences to jail for a crime etc - this requirement was removed in Dec 2010.

So they have standards - they are just willing to lower them to not have to enforce them when they want to get their low-life candidates into the party-list.

Impressive.

heh

As Groucho Marx said, "This are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others"

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EC Undaunted by Lawsuit Threats

The Election Commission insists the endorsements of MP-elects from the July 3 general election have been carried out transparently.

It is confident despite threats of lawsuits.

Election Commissioner Sodsri Sattayatham challenges those who are threatening to sue the Election Commission or EC for dubious work in endorsing the status of Pheu Thai red-shirt MP Jatuporn Phrompan.

Sodsri reasoned that the EC has worked within the law, and, consequently, it is not concerned about lawsuits.

She stated that the EC is prepared to cooperate in an investigation.

However, she asserted that the EC will sue back if it is found to be innocent.

Sodsri claims the EC investigated Jatuporn's case thoroughly.

In addition, she added that Jatuporn's endorsement has not been finalized yet, as the Constitutional Court must still give its interpretation of Jatuporn's party membership after the detained red-shirt leader failed to cast his vote on July 3.

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-- Tan Network 2011-08-04

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Undaunted by legal threats, but very daunted by personal threats. I'm amazed that her comment yesterday that "if anything happens to me its because of this issue" has gone more or less unremarked.

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Undaunted by legal threats, but very daunted by personal threats. I'm amazed that her comment yesterday that "if anything happens to me its because of this issue" has gone more or less unremarked.

That's possibly because nobody takes what she says seriously anymore. Even Abhisit was agitated enough to slap her down for her "coup' talk and tell her to concentrate on her job. You can cry "wolf" once too often.

(Edited to add)

I presume you are referring to yesterdays article in the Nation with your above quote. Immediately above that quote in that same article was this quote from Sodsri

Sodsri said she does not want to become notorious for making up stories that she has been threatened.

You can draw your own conclusions....................

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I think it's safe to say that both Apichart and Sodsri both lacked credibility and have served their purpose. They will be replaced and things will move on, and I expect that nothing much will change but the allegiance :( . Hopefully I will be proven wrong.

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