Bangkok – The Election Commission (EC) has begun vetting Member of Parliament (MP) candidate qualifications, as well as political party picks for Prime Minister, with the head of the commission acknowledging Thai Raksa Chart’s choice for the premiership must be considered in detail.
An EC meeting on Monday began the process of checking MP candidate qualifications as well as the qualifications of individuals proposed by political parties as possible Prime Ministers. The consideration will include information provided by other agencies, with the EC to discuss whether or not it is legally required to vet premier candidates or to simply relay picks. The commission is planning to finalize the entire process by February 15, up to seven days before the deadline so that political parties may engage their potential Prime Ministers in campaigning.
On complaints filed against Thai Raksa Chart Party, EC Chairman Ittiporn Boonprakong says careful consideration is required and that further discussions are needed as to whether or not the party will be disbanded. He noted nonetheless that the party’s pick for Prime Minister will have to be tabled along with the choices of other parties.
Secretary-General of the Thai Constitution Protection Organization Association, Srisuwan Chanya is ready to file a request with the EC for it to put the matter of disbanding Thai Raksa Chart Party to the Constitution Court, faulting it with involving the royal institution in politics.