Bangkok voters told to wait for ‘big news’ next Wednesday

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BANGKOK, March 15 – People related to complaints against Bangkok election winner Sukhumbhand Paribatra are asked  to testify next Wednesday when the media are invited for the “front-page headline news,” according to a  senior Election Committee member.

Bangkok Election Commission chairman Taweesak Tuchinda said the conclusions on two complaints against Mr Sukhumbhand were submitted to the Central Election Commission (EC) Thursday while the Bangkok commission has received two more complaints from the public.

He did not disclose details of the two new complaints, nor the two concluded matters which were delivered to the central elections body.

Pol Lt Gen Taweesak, however, stressed that the Bangkok Election Commission was not empowered to issue yellow or red tickets to candidates in an election.

The Election Law imposes that new poll must be held if a winning candidate receives either a yellow or red ticket. In such a case the candidate can contest again if he is given a yellow ticket but he is totally banned for the new election if he gets a red ticket.

It is widely known that the two complaints handed over to the Central EC involves pro-Sukhumbhand statements by Democrat MP Sirichoke Sopa and media academic Seree Wongmontha.