Charter court rejects petition for annulment of Feb 2 poll


BANGKOK, 12 February 2014 The Constitutional Court has resolved not to accept a petition lodged by a former Democrat MP to have the February 2 general election nullified, citing insufficient grounds to confirm that the poll was against the charter. 

Mr Wirat Kalayasiri, member of the Democrat Party’s legal team and former MP for Songkhla, on February 4 filed a request for the court’s consideration whether the general election should be voided, for it was in breach of Section 68 Paragraph 1.

However, the judges today pointed out that, based on evidence provided by the plaintiff, there were no clear indications that the election was organized to open way for certain parties to gain the administrative power through unconstitutional means. The court thus refused to accept the case for deliberation.

On the same day, the Constitutional Court also rejected another petition from Pheu Thai Party Spokesperson Prompong Nopparit which accused core leaders of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) of attempting to overthrow Thailand’s constitutional monarchy system. The tribunal said the PDRC’s movement was carried out by the people within their rights and freedom.