Thailand's Election Commission
How the Election Commission decides on the will of voters
The members of the Thai Election Commission as well as the Constitutional Court were reappointed by Dictator Prayut Chan-o-cha in 2015, 2018 & 2020 with the sole aim of fighting the opposition and defending the new Constitution and a binding 20-year National Strategy drafted by him and his comrades.
Bangkok Post EC urged to bar MFP leader Pita Ruangkrai Leekitwattana, a Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) list-MP candidate, on Tuesday accused Pita Limjaroenrat, leader and prime ministerial candidate of the Move Forward Party (MFP), of holding shares in media company iTV Plc as of April 27 last year.
Bangkok Post Poll disqualification threat looms over Move Forward leader Rival claims Pita failed to declare ownership of shares in media company that stopped operating in 2007.
BBC News Thailand elections: Move Forward looks to make history Aside from the senators, the other unknown is whether the Election Commission or the Constitutional Court, two institutions notorious for their role in disabling previous elected governments, find some pretext for dissolving Move Forward, Jonathan Head, BBC's correspondent writes.
The Guardian Thai election may be turning point as taboo over monarchy fades Campaign to reform laws that shield royal family is now part of mainstream but making it happen will be difficult.
Peoples dispatch Anti-junta parties dominate Thai elections but may struggle to form government Even if a coalition led by Move Forward manages to come to power, its sustainability in the current system is highly suspect. Thailand's conservative civic-military ruling elites, aided by the country's judiciary, often ensured that the military's political influence remained untouched by any popular democratically-elected government.
Bangkok Post Prayut allays fears over transfer of power Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday assured the nation of a smooth transition from the caretaker government to the new government, adding that sufficient measures are being maintained to shore up the economy during the process.
Bangkok Post PPRP's Ruangkrai seeks probe into 'illegal' MoU Ruangkrai Leekitwattana, a former Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) list-MP candidate, on Wednesday petitioned the Election Commission (EC) to investigate an alleged violation of the organic law on political parties by the Move Forward Party (MFP) and the seven parties agreeing to join its new coalition.
According to Thai media, Mr. Ruangkrai was a former firebrand MP of Phuea Thai until he was given a Mercedes and ample money from uncle Tu (Wongsuwan ) to change sides.
Thai BPS World Ruangkrai urges EC to dissolve all eight coalition parties Solo political activist Ruangkrai Leekitwattana urged the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday to dissolve the eight coalition parties, led by Move Forward, claiming that the MoU, which binds them together to form a government, is tantamount to domination of the parties and deprives them of their independence.
You remember: According to Thai media, Mr. Ruangkrai was a former firebrand MP of Phuea Thai until he was given a Mercedes and ample money from uncle Tu (Wongsuwan ) to change sides.
Bangkok Post Bhumjaithai, Democrats gain seats in EC vote tally The Election Commission (EC) has rounded off its vote count, revealing an additional constituency MP seat for the Bhumjaithai Party (BJT) at the expense of the Move Forward Party (MFP), according to the EC.
Khaosod announced on May 26th on its Twitter account that A former advisor to a House Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights petitions the Election Commission on Friday urging them to dissolve both Move Forward and Pheu Thai parties because both are under undue influence from outsiders.
Sontiya Sawasdee said Progressive Movement co-leader Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has written on FB earlier this week instructing MFP not to give House Speaker seat to PT.
PT meanwhile is under undue influence of Thaksin & PT PM candidate Paetongtarn seeing Thaksin is a proof.
Bangkok Post Post-poll lull has a lot to answer for After a clear election victory, Thailand should already have a new government in office by now with Pita Limjaroenrat as prime minister, as his Move Forward Party (MFP) together with opposition ally Pheu Thai Party won a clear mandate of more than 58% of 500 lower house seats. Yet their coalition government in waiting among eight parties with 313 elected representatives is facing several critical roadblocks, including the military-appointed senate and the Election Commission (EC). Public pressure is now needed to be piled on these powerful but biased bodies that were appointed during the coup-dominated era in 2014–2019 to comply with the people's wishes, as expressed at the polls on May 14.
Prachatai 2023 General election: ECT releases final vote count The Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) has released the final vote count of the 2023 general election, but said that it still has to ensure that no fraud has occurred before it can announce the certified result.
The Nation Senators will wait till the last minute before voting for next PM: Somchai A senator said he and his colleagues will wait until the last minute to see who is nominated as PM candidate, as it is still uncertain if Move Forward will command a House majority.
Bangkok Post Pita would face cabinet dissolution petition Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat will face a challenge over his qualifications and a request for the dissolution of his cabinet if he becomes prime minister, serial petitioner Ruangkrai Leekitwattana said on Monday.
"If Mr Pita overcomes hurdles and becomes the prime minister, I will proceed with a petition for the disbandment of his whole cabinet," Mr Ruangkrai said. Mr Ruangkrai is a member of the Palang Pracharath Party. The Party supports General Prawit Wongsuwon who is still serving as the First Deputy 'Caretaker' Prime Minister ....
Bangkok Post Court 'may act on' Pita share issue The Constitutional Court may suspend Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat if it agrees to hear the case involving his media share ownership, says Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
Bangkok Post Lawyer petitions to gag Move Forward on lese majeste law A lawyer has asked the Office of the Attorney General to forward a petition to the Constitutional Court requesting that it order Move Forward leader and aspirant prime minister Pita Limjaroenrat and his party to cease their campaign to change the lese majeste law.
Bangkok Post Pita case could force new poll Details of shareholding violation complaints against Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat will decide his fate and determine if the May 14 general election is nullified, according to caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
If you are looking for an analogy to define a banana republic, this would fit well.
Bangkok Post Wissanu: Comprehensive complaint may result in annulled election The details listed in complaints will determine if Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat is disqualified from being prime minister and whether the May general election should be annulled, according to caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
Bangkok Post Ex-EC official throws light on Pita issue The outcome of a probe into Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat's alleged ineligibility to contest the elections will not impact his approval of MFP election candidates, according to a former election official.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Ittiporn Boonpracong, EC chair said EC will definitely meet the 60-day deadline for certifying the results of the election. He added however more than 95'000 polling stations are being inspected to see whether a new election or new counting is needed. Asked aboutt Pita's possible disqualified because he owns media shares, Ittiporn stated that the EC is gathering facts & evidence to examine but cannot say whether or not the EC will refer the case to the Constitutional Court.
Bangkok Post EC chief: Poll endorsement won't take too long Election Commission (EC) chairman Ittiporn Boonpracong on Saturday said he was confident poll results would be endorsed more quickly than they were in 2019, and well ahead of the mid-July deadline.
Bangkok Post Pita shares cast pall over historic May 14th Election with fears results may be nullified Fears raised of May 14th General Election being nullified with speculation over the fate of Move Forward Party leader Mr Pita Limjaroenrat.
Bangkok Post Move Forward's use of hammer and sickle challenged in complaint The Move Forward Party said the Election Commission has asked why it included a hammer and sickle in its campaign cartoon, after a complaint that it suggested opposition to the constitutional monarchy.
Bangkok's Elite will leave no stone unturned to bring the old clique back to power and prevent the formation of a democratic government, however ridiculous the arguments may seem.
Bangkok Post EC yet to accept iTV case against Pita The Election Commission (EC) says it is still considering whether to accept a complaint filed against Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat over his shareholding in a media company.
Bangkok Post Cops to beef up crowd control The police force is increasing its number of crowd control units because more demonstrations, possibly of longer duration, are expected, a police spokesman said yesterday.
Has the Election Commission (EC) asked the police to prepare for political protests?
Prachatai EC to recount votes in small number of polling stations The Election Commission (EC) has passed a resolution to recount the party-list votes in 31 polling stations and the constituency votes in 16, due to discrepancies between the results and the number of ballots and eligible voters, Thai PBS reports. There were 95,000 polling stations in all.
Bangkok Post Poll results 'in mid-July' Recount won't delay MP endorsement: EC
Thai PBS World Former election commissioner says Move Forward leader Pita troubles have deepened Former election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn says that Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat may be in even deeper trouble after the Election Commission (EC) decided unanimously on Friday to dismiss three separate complaints questioning his qualification to contest the May 14th election.
Bangkok Post Petitioner Srisuwan accused of falsifying documents A lawyer has asked police to investigate serial petitioner and political activist Srisuwan Janya for allegedly falsifying documents and making false statements when setting up an association that has been ordered dissolved.
Bangkok Post MFP survives first calls for dissolution Four recent petitions along with a request to dissolve the Move Forward Party (MFP) have been dismissed as groundless and no reason for dissolution by the Election Commission (EC), according to a source.
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Prachatai Activists demand EC certify election results A group of pro-democracy activists have demanded that the Election Commission (EC) certify the results of the 14 May general election by 20 June and dismiss the complaint against Move Forward Party leader and prime minister candidate Pita Limjaroenrat over iTV shares because it is no longer a media provider.
Bangkok Post EC votes to investigate Pita Complaints about iTV shares thrown out but poll body finds another angle to explore.
Bangkok Post EC to launch probe into poll candidacy The Election Commission has agreed to launch an inquiry to determine if Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat has violated Section 42(3) and Section 151 of the organic law on the election of MPs by applying as a list-MP candidate despite knowing he may not have been eligible to run for a House seat, a source said.
Bangkok Post Pita to become MP before EC decides MFP leader's fate hinges on iTV shares
Khaosod Pita Smiles Despite EC Will Investigate Him More Seriously The Election Commission has resolved on Friday to investigate whether Move Forward Party PM candidate Pita Limjaroenrat.
Bangkok Post Organic law probe could doom Pita The Election Commission (EC)'s decision to investigate Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat over whether he had violated the organic law on the election of members of parliament may lead to many senators voting against his bid for the prime minister post, according to a former commissioner.
Thai PBS World Pita's PM ambitions facing serious hurdle The Election Commission's decision to pursue possible criminal charges against Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat could pose a serious threat to his chance of becoming Thailand's next prime minister, according to political analysts.
Khaosod Opinion: Nine Years After 2014 Coup, The Charade Continues with Pita The New Target A farce, a charade, a travesty of justice, ludicrous, shambolic, and absurd – these are some of the words described the reactions of some Thais and foreigners upon learning that the Election Commission on Friday has consider to take up the case on whether Move Forward Party PM candidate Pita Limjaroenrat has violated Article 151 of the election laws by holding ITV media shares.
Pita was already elected MP in 2019 when he already held the shares in his capacity as executor and must have met the criteria to qualify as an MP.
Bangkok Post Video recording questions accuracy of minutes of iTV shareholders' meeting Defunct media company iTV is back in the spotlight after a video recording of discussions during the annual shareholders' meeting contradicted the official minutes.
Khaosod Move Forward Strikes Back: Who Is Behind the ITV Scandal? The public is beginning to see who is really the mastermind behind the attempt to prevent Pita Limjaroenrat, the Move Forward Party candidate, from becoming Thailand's next prime minister. So far, only the 'complainants' are in the spotlight.
Bangkok Post MFP considering legal action over 'altered' iTV meeting minutes The Move Forward Party (MFP) is considering legal action against people involved in alleged attempts to revive defunct media company iTV so they can use it to prevent party leader Pita Limjaroenrat becoming prime minister.
Background information: Panuwat Kwanyuen, an associate of Bhumjaithai candidate Nick Sangsirinavin, was the one who raised the question about iTV's media status at the April 26th meeting. Nick Sangsirinavin had transferred his iTV shares to Panuwat Kwanyuen before running for office.
This is just one of the examples of efforts to revive iTV's media status in order to incriminate Pita and prevent him from taking office.
Anutin Charnvirakul, the cannabis man, is the Bhumjaithai Party leader. His party did extremely poorly in all pre-election polls, but on election day it surprisingly came third behind Move Forward and Pheu Thai. As Anutin is considered part of the Bangkok Elite and a 'good friend' of Dictator Prayut Chan-o-cha, no one has questioned the result ....
Bangkok Post Pita inches closer to PM post Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat's bid to become prime minister moved a step closer to reality on Monday after the chairman of a recent meeting of iTV shareholders said the media company is currently not operating pending a legal case.
Both leaders of Bhumjai Thai Party Anutin Charnveerakul and Phalang Pracharath Party leader Gen Prawit Wongsuwon denied on Tuesday they or the party had anything to do with the alleged conspiracy to revive ITV in order to disqualify Move Forward PM candidate Pita. A Bhumjai Thai MP candidate posted on social media in advance without naming name a politician will face an axe due to his ITV shares. Anutin said it was solely an act of one the individual. "Bhumjai Thai won't do such thing... We don't punch under the belt," Anutin said. Prawit meanwhile insists the fact that his party member Ruangkrai Leekitwattana kept petitioning the Election Commission about Pita's ITV shares had nothing to do with the party. Former yellowshirt member Suvinai Pornavalai posted on FB Mon signal to beat the war drum to wage battle against "Traitor Party", a reference to Move Forwa, given after he met the leader of the defunct People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) Sondhi Limthonhkul. Suvinai said Sondhi told one of them it's time to drum up the sense of patriotism or there won't be Thailand left to love. Move Forward PM candidate Pita Limjaroenrat expressed confidence Tues he'll survive ITV shares ownership scrutiny. Asked abt possible move where 50 MPs could force a delay of voting for new PM, citing Pita's alleged lacking of qualifications, he said he'll have to look into legal details.
Bangkok Post Bhumjaithai denies any role in iTV case Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul says a former MP candidate of the party was acting strictly in a personal capacity when he filed a complaint about media share ownership against Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat.
Political activist Ekachai Hongkangwan petitioned the Election Commission to dissolve both Phalang Pracharath Party & Bhumjai Thai for alleged submission of doctored documents regarding Pita Limjaroenrat's ITV shares by its party member.
Prachatai Scheme to resurrect iTV exposed; plot to disqualify Pita's candidacy An alleged attempt to strip Pita Limcharoenrat's legitimacy as a prime ministerial candidate, using the accusation of holding iTV shares, was exposed yesterday by reporter Thapanee Eadsrichai. The Move Forward Party (MFP) suggests there has been a coordinated plot to disqualify the MFP leader by reinstating iTV's status as a media organization, using allegedly fabricated minutes from the annual shareholder meeting of iTV Public Company in April.
Bangkok Post Pita bills self as 'executor' Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat has found himself in an even tighter spot concerning his ownership of media shares while running in a national election, as he recently admitted to holding shares in iTV as executor of his father's estate -- before then transferring them to other relatives in a bid to avoid more legal complications.
Junta-appointed senators Somchai Sawaengkarn warns Thurs the EC should petition the Constitutional Court to adjudicate whether Move Forward PM candidate Pita Limjaroenrat lacks qualifications to be PM if they have any doubt due to his holding of ITV shares. Failing to do so, warns Somchai, could lead the EC to face a possible criminal charge for dereliction of duty.
Bangkok Post iTV clarifies discrepancy in meeting minutes and video ITV, the company at the centre of a media shareholding controversy involving Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat, has issued a statement clarifying a discrepancy between the official minutes from its annual shareholders' meeting and a video of the April 26 event.
Khaosod ITV Releases A Statement To Clarify Its Scandal Targeting Pita On June 15, 2023, ITV Publishing Company Limited released the statement “Clarification to Shareholders”, after it was questioned by media that the report of the meeting the ITV annual shareholders was edited, differently from a video recording of that meeting on April 26, 2023, to make it appear that ITV was still operating as a mass media company
TIME USA What to Know About the Controversy That Could Keep Thailand's Progressive Party Leader From Taking Office One month after Thailand's pro-democracy parties won the election that ended nearly a decade of military-backed rule, hurdles are mounting for the winning coalition and its prime minister candidate Pita Limjaroenrat to take power.
Bangkok Post Ruangkrai continues his crusade against Pita Serial petitioner Ruangkrai Leekitwattana is continuing his crusade against Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat, this time asking the Election Commission to seek a Constitutional Court ruling on Mr Pita's eligibility to be an MP.
Bangkok Post EC seeks more evidence on Pita iTV-share claims The Election Commission (EC) said it needs more evidence and statements to investigate Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat's alleged ineligibility to contest the election linked with his holding of iTV Plc shares.
Bangkok Post 'Giant killer' targets MFP leader Politician Ruangkrai Leekitwattana is known for his skill in scrutiny and earned his "Jack the Giant Slayer" nickname when his petition led to the ouster of the late Samak Sundaravej as prime minister in 2009.
Bangkok Post Ruangkrai files challenge to Pita's eligibility for office Not related to media shareholding row, says petitioner
Bangkok Post 330 MPs-elect get EC nod The Election Commission (EC) has confirmed that 330 MPs-elect in the constituency contest are not facing any complaints, according to a source at the poll agency.
Bangkok Post EC to endorse MPs-elect on June 21 The Election Commission (EC) is expected to endorse MPs-elect on June 21 and has set up a fact-finding panel to investigate a leaked document showing 71 constituency MPs-elect had their poll results withheld.
Bangkok Post All MPs-elect endorsed, fraud probes continue The Election Commission on Monday endorsed all 400 constituency MPs-elect and 100 party-list MPs-elect, and reserved its right to investigate electoral fraud involving any of them within a year.
Khaosod 500 MPs Finally Make It Official While the PM's Chair Still in Limbo Thai politics is finally coming out of stagnation after the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) officially recognized the election result of the 500 MPs and every member of parliament can receive the official letter from the ECT from June 20, 2023: The letter will be presented to parliament later.
Bangkok Post MPs endorsed, House to convene within 15 days The formal opening of the new parliament is expected within 15 days after the Election Commission (EC) on Monday endorsed all 500 MPs elected at the May 14 general election.
Bangkok Post MFP's fortunes still up in the air The Election Commission's (EC) endorsement of all 500 MPs-elect has paved the way for parliament to convene and choose a new prime minister.
Khaosod Opinion: What If Pita Is Rejected by the Junta-appointed Senate & Street Protests Resume? With the parliament to reconvene on July 3, the voting for the new prime minister is not too far away now. Some prominent junta-appointed senators continue to claim that Move Forward Party PM candidate Pita Limjaroenrat will not be getting their support, or enough votes, and the possibility that Pita will not be chosen as the next PM is a lingering fear.
The Nation Police, military prepare for mass protests if Pita's bid to be PM is thwarted The armed forces and the Royal Thai Police are discussing security measures to implement if turmoil and violence erupts should Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat fail to be elected prime minister in the middle of next month, military and police sources said.
Bangkok Post Court prods attorney-general over Section 112 push The Constitutional Court has asked the attorney-general for an update on a petition lodged against the Move Forward Party (MFP) and its leader Pita Limjaroenrat over their policy to amend the lese majeste law.
EastAsiaForum Thailand's military machinations will define post-election political manoeuvring Over a month after Thailand's progressive Move Forward party and its prime ministerial candidate Pita Limjaroenrat won a decisive victory in the country's general election, a minefield of legal, political and military obstacles is hindering his accession to the premiership.
Bangkok Post Prawit doesn't rule out being nominated for PM Palang Pracharath leader Prawit Wongsuwon on Tuesday would neither confirm nor rule out the possibility he could be nominated as the next prime minister.
The Nation Pita will never get enough support from the Senate to be PM, senator says A senator who has been publicly disparaging of the Move Forward Party is now saying that party leader Pita Limjaroenrat will never get enough support from the Senate to become Thailand's next prime minister.
Bangkok Post EC deadline looms for Pita probe An Election Commission (EC) fact-finding committee is expected to wrap up its inquiry into an alleged violation of the organic law on the election of MPs by Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat within its set deadline.
Bangkok Post Patience can be advantageous The Move Forward Party (MFP) has every reason to feel jittery as its moment of truth is fast approaching.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: HM the King, accompanied by HM the Queen, presided over the reopening of the parliament on Monday "Please always remember that all of you here who are members of the parliament have been chosen by the people to represent all the people in exercising legislative power in order to administer and pass bills... How much the nation will progress will depend on your abilities and honesty," HM partly stated.
Bangkok Post HM King opens parliament His Majesty the King opened the new parliament on Monday evening and encouraged members to have conscience, wisdom and honesty for the public interest and prosperity.
The Nation His Majesty urges MPs to always prioritise the people as he presides over Parliament opening Thailand's new Parliament was opened with pomp and splendour in a ceremony over by His Majesty the King on Monday evening.
Prachatai Temporary detention cells prepared to deal with protests A memorandum regarding the use of temporary detention facilities has been released, allegedly to prepare for potential protests during July 2023. The Deputy Commander of the Metropolitan Police says such preparation is not unusual.
Bangkok Post Police ready if protesters break law The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) has prepared facilities in three city police stations to detain political protesters who act outside the law during the House speaker selection session this week.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Junta-appointed senator Somchai Sawaengkarn posted on FB Tues saying "inexperienced" Move Forward has made a wrong move with House Speaker being from another party. He added MFP PM candidate Pita won't be chosen as PM so MFP will end up as opposition party for 4 yrs.
Bangkok Post Parliamentary vote for new PM on July 13 The parliament will convene in joint session to vote for a new prime minister at 9.30am on Thursday next week, House Speaker Wan Muhamad Noor Matha said on Wednesday.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Thammasat Univ law lecturer Parinya Thevanaruemitkul said Thurs it's unfair for the EC to announce the investigation over Pita Limjaroenrat's ITV shares without making substantial progress as it can be cited by junta-appointed senators for not voting for Pita as PM.
Khaosod What Will Happen If Pita Fails To Secure PM's Vote on July 13? Several weeks after the Move Forward Party's election victory, it is still not certain whether party leader Pita Limjaroenrat will become Thailand's next prime minister: will he get enough supporting votes? What the public does know for sure is that the prime minister vote will be held at 9:30 a.m. on July 13, 2023.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Former DSI chief Tarit Pengdit on Sat urges the new gov't to revive the investigation over the death of 99 people, mostly redshirts, during the 2010 pol crackdown by setting up a fact-finding committee.
On Mon's Supreme Court will rule whether Tarit had defamed then PM Abhisit & his deputy Suthep over the investigation when he was DSI chief. Tarit has petitioned to Constitutional Court to rule whether it's constitutional for the criminal court to try him.
Tarit was speaking at a symposium on the continued search for justice for those killed. He added that he was summoned by a senior army general prior to the May 2014 coup & told not prosecute anyone in relation to the deaths otherwise there will be a putsch.
Khaosod The Last War Of The Former DSI Chief Who Investigated The 99 Deaths In The 2010 Bloody Crackdown Former chief of DSI Tarit Pengdit and relatives of those who were killed during the 2010 political crackdown held a press conference on July 8 at the Miracle Hotel in Bangkok.
Bangkok Post Tarit contests malfeasance suit Former Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdit has petitioned the Supreme Court to ask the Constitutional Court to rule on the constitutionality of Section 157 and Section 200 of the Criminal Code, under which he has been indicted for malfeasance.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Caretaker PM Gen Prayut on Mon denies he staged the 2014 coup in order to avoid being prosecuted for the deaths of 99 people, mostly redshirts, during the crackdown against the protesters who were calling for the resignation of then PM Abhisit Vejjajiva in 2010.
"Anyone can just say anything . Let them talk," Prayut said in a reference to a claim by forner chief of the Department of Special Investigation Tarit Pengdit last week a senior army general summoned him to warn there will be a coup if he doesn't drop the case.
Prayut was then a commanding officer on the ground handling the protesters.
Prayut added evidences speak for itself.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: The Supreme Court on Monday sentenced former DSI Chief Tarit Pengdit to two years in prison for dishonestly trying to frame then PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thuaghsubhan over the deaths of 99 protesters, mostly redshirts, back in 2010.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Election Commission source said the commission will meet and decide today whether to request the Constitutional Court to rule on Move Forward Party PM candidate Pita Limjaroenrat's qualifications as an MP due to ITV shares holding
Thai PBS World Pita not worried over EC submitting iTV share case to Charter Court Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat says he is not worried about a report that the Election Commission (EC) will submit his iTV shareholding case to the Constitutional Court for consideration today (Monday), ahead of the joint sitting of the House and the Senate this Thursday to vote on his prime ministerial candidacy.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Move Forward Party sec-genl Chaitawat Tulathon said Mon the EC is at risk of not following its own protocol as they are to meet & decide this afternoon on whether to forward Pita's ITV shares holding case to the Constitutional Court without allowing Pita to defend himself. Chaitawat said the rushed process is very suspicious. "They shouldn't do anything that would prevent the formation of the new government."
Thai Enquirer reports on its Twitter account: The Election Commission (EC) summoned Move Forward Party Leader Pita Limjaroenrat to provide a statement regarding his media shareholding case.
The summoning came after the party raised concerns this morning that the EC is disregarding its own procedures in the case.
Currently, the EC is investigating Pita Limjaroenrat, a candidate for the Prime Minister position, on allegations of seeking office despite being ineligible due to his ownership of media shares.
This morning, the party stated that the EC has not yet provided Pita with the details of the allegations or summoned him to clarify them, which is contrary to established procedures.
Later in the afternoon, the EC summoned Pita to provide his statement.
The EC is expected to announce its decision on the case today and may subsequently refer it to the Constitutional Court on the same day.
If found guilty by the EC and the court, Pita will be ineligible to assume office, and could face imprisonment for 1-10 years, a fine of 20,000-200,000 baht, or both, along with a 20-year voting ban.
Reuters Thailand's monarchy looms over battle for prime minister The role of the monarchy in Thailand is at the core of a looming deadlock that could tip Southeast Asia's second-largest economy into crisis, with reformers once again vying to dislodge the grip on power of the royalist military establishment.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Move Forward Party secretary general Chaitawat Tulathon said on Tuesday some junta-appointed senators are being pressured not to vote for Pita Limjaroenrat as PM on Thursday. He added they're facing blackmailing threat. No evidence was provided, however.
Thai Enquirer reports on its Twitter account: Senator Direkrit Jenklongtham showed his support for the Election Commission's decision to forward Pita's media shareholding case to the Constitutional Court for a ruling before the voting for the position of prime minister on July 13.
Direkrit, who had previously stated his intention to vote in line with the majority of the lower house when it comes to selecting the prime minister, emphasized that the court should issue its ruling before the voting takes place.
He expressed concerns that voting for an ineligible candidate would go against the constitution.
The senator also suggested that the voting for the prime minister could be rescheduled if necessary.
He further mentioned that if the court fails to make its ruling before the voting, many senators would choose to abstain from casting their votes in order to delay the voting.
Thai Enquirer reports on its Twitter account: Senator Seri Suwanphanond has stated that all eight parties within the MFP-led coalition could face dissolution if they continue to support a prime minister candidate who is ineligible for the seat.
Pita Limjaroenrat, the Leader of the Move Forward Party and the PM Candidate, is currently under investigation by the Election Commission (EC) for allegedly seeking office despite being ineligible due to his ownership of media shares.
The EC is expected to announce its decision on the case today and may subsequently refer it to the Constitutional Court on the same day.
Seri mentioned that nominating an ineligible candidate would be in violation of Article 159 and could ultimately lead to the dissolution of the parties involved.
He emphasized that the MFP should not incite protests if Pita is not elected as PM, as such actions would encourage lawbreaking and create conflicts, indicating their lack of readiness to govern the country.
Seri also stated that there are fewer than five senators who will vote for Pita as PM.
Senator Amphon Jindawatthana, in a separate interview, expressed his intention to vote in alignment with the majority of the lower house.
He suggested that the Senate should vote in a similar manner to 2019 when all 250 senators voted for a candidate from a coalition that held the majority in the lower house, namely General Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Regarding a potential amendment to the lese-majeste law, Amphon clarified that it is not a factor in his decision-making process since it pertains to legislation and is unrelated to the voting for the prime minister position.
He further stated that even if the lower house attempted to pass a law contrary to the constitution, it would be unable to do so, and if it were in accordance with the constitution, it would still require approval from the joint parliament.
Amphon asserted that the Senate's responsibility is to respect and heed the people's mandate.
He argued that there is no reason to not vote for Pita because the majority of voters have already elected him, and their decision must be respected.
Otherwise, what purpose would elections serve if alternative justifications could override the majority's decision?
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: The EC on Monday has not been able to conclude whether to forward Pita Limjaroenrat's ITV shareholding case to the Constitutional Court to rule whether he lacks qualifications to be an MP. The meeting will resume Tues at 10am, said EC chairman Ittiporn Boonpracong.
Bangkok Post No decision on Pita's shareholding yet The Election Commission has not decided whether to send the iTV shareholding case of prime ministerial candidate Pita Limcharoenrat to the Constitution Court, according to its chair.
Obviously, the Bangkok's Elite, with the help of the Election Commission and the senators, is trying to postpone or even prevent the election.
Matichon Online reports on its Twitter account: The National Security Council announces a 50-metre ban on gatherings around Parliament from July 11th - 14th. It is reported that the Royal Thai Police have coordinated with the provincial police and the Border Guard Police to prepare for crowd control. Initially, all 15 companies were deployed to monitor the parliament area.
The Game the Election Commission plays
Bangkok Post Pita future in doubt If the Election Commission (EC) forwards a case involving Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat's previous iTV shareholdings to the Constitutional Court, this could sway senators in the crucial vote for a new PM on Thursday, according to a former election commissioner and an academic.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Election Commission chairman Ittiporn Boonpracong said Tues the EC will have to meet again tomorrow to conclude whether to forward Pita Limjaroenrat's ITV shareholding case to the Constitutional Court to rule whether he lacks qualifications to be an MP.
Bangkok Post EC puts off Pita decision again The Election Commission (EC) has still not reached a decision on whether to seek a Constitutional Court ruling on the eligibility of prime ministerial candidate Pita Limjaroenrat. It will meet again on Wednesday, one day before parliament is scheduled to vote for a new prime minister.
Thai Enquirer reports on its Twitter account: The Election Commission (EC) has yet to forward Pita's media shareholding case to the Constitutional Court for ruling today, according to its chairman, Ittiporn Boonpracong.
Another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow.
Ittiporn stated that the EC has already received Move Forward Party Leader Pita Limjaroenrat's letter addressing his concerns regarding the EC's alleged omission of procedures in his case.
The EC stated that they have followed regulations, as the fact-finding investigation against Pita does not require a statement from his side, and he does not have to be officially notified about the investigation.
Ittiporn mentioned that Pita will be notified of the findings and decisions once they are available.
He added that the fact-finding committee has already completed its investigation, and the EC commissioners are currently reviewing the results.
It seems that the Election Commission is waiting for instructions from "the very top".
Thailand's Elite has spoken up:
It asked the court to order Pita to stop performing his duty as an MP immediately
Bloomberg Fresh Tumult for Thai Politics as Election Winner Pita Faces Disqualification Risk Thailand's election body said it has decided to seek a court ruling on whether newly elected lawmaker Pita Limjaroenrat should be disqualified after finding that he breached election rules, posing the latest hurdle in the progressive politician's path to become the nation's next prime minister.
Thai PBS World Thailand's Election Commission (EC) decided this morning (Wednesday) to send Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat's iTV shareholding case to the Constitutional Court for consideration.
The EC also asked the court to order Pita to stop performing his duty as an MP immediately, until there is a decision by the court in the next three days as to whether to accept the case for consideration.
The Nation EC files petition in Constitutional Court seeking Pita's disqualification in shareholding case The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday decided to submit a petition to the Constitutional Court seeking the disqualification of PM-hopeful Pita Limjaroenrat over alleged media shareholding.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Protest leader Arnon Nampa has called for a protest against the EC's decision to call for the Constitutional Court to immediately suspend Pita as MP & rule whether Pita should be disqualified. The protest is slated for 6pm at Pathumwan Skywalk.
Similar protests are being called this afternoon in Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, Pathum Thani and Chiang Mai.
Political Prisoners in Thailand EC does its duty As widely expected, the junta's Election Commission has done as it is meant to: it has decided to "submit a petition to the Constitutional Court seeking the disqualification of PM-hopeful Pita Limjaroenrat over alleged media shareholding."
Pravit Rojanaphruk reports on his Twitter account: In light of the latest move by the Election Commission calling for Pita to be suspended as MP, the junta-appointed senate just got another excuse not to vote for Pita Limjaroenrat as PM tomorrow.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Progressive Movement leader Piyabutr Saengkanokkul said Weds PM candidate Pita is facing a "legal war" being waged against him with the EC's speedy recommendations the Constitutional Court suspend Pita as MP immediately & rule whether he lacks qualifications to be an MP.
He said it took only 32 days for the EC to make the decision while when they considered the qualifications of FM Don Pramudwinai, it took 355 days.
He added the same plot which saw Future Forward PM candidate Thanathorn Juangrungruangkit disqualified are being repeated.
Back in 2019, Piyabutr added, it took the EC 75 days to mull over Thanathorn's case.
Khosod Thailand's Election Commission Says Top Candidate for Prime Minister May Have Broken Election Law Thailand's state Election Commission said Wednesday it concluded there is evidence that the top candidate to become next prime minister
Reuters Double blow for Thailand's Pita as legal cases mount on eve of PM vote Thai prime ministerial hopeful Pita Limjaroenrat was dealt a major setback on Wednesday when two separate complaints against him gained momentum, threatening to derail his leadership bid on the eve of a crucial vote on the premiership.
Bangkok Post Pita and MFP face two court cases On eve of PM vote, charter court accepts media shares case and complaint about party's S112 policy.
Bangkok Post EC recommends terminating Pita's MP status Constitutional Court asked to confirm finding.
Thai Enquirer reports on its Twitter account: The Constitutional Court will not be able to hear Pita's case today, according to news reports.
Quoting a source from the court, the news reports stated that any new case must be checked by a committee first before the judges can hear it.
The source said Pita's case should be able to be heard by the court at their next meeting.
Earlier this morning, the Election Commission decided to ask the court to rule on the eligibility of Move Forward Party Leader Pita Limjaroenrat for office.
The EC has also requested the court to suspend Pita's MP status until the court's ruling.
They said they have found enough grounds to suggest that Pita knowingly applied for office despite being aware of his ineligibility due to his media shares.
Prachatai Pita's fate at the mercy of the Constitutional Court The Election Commission has submitted a petition under Section 82 of the Constitution, asking the Constitutional Court to decide the iTV share case of Move Forward Party leader Pita Limcharoenrat.
Thailand's Elite have made it again:
CNA Thailand's Pita fails in PM bid after losing parliament vote Thailand's Pita Limjaroenrat failed on Thursday (Jul 13) in his initial bid to become Thailand's next prime minister, after he was unable to secure the required endorsement of more than half of the bicameral parliament.
The voting for the prime minister position has concluded, and the official results (so far) are as follows:
Kaewmala reports on her Twitter account: This is the power of the 2017 constitution. It is the seizure of political power by using hidden traps to intercept people at every step.
Don't forget to give blessings and praise to the person who wrote the constitution. Shame on this Mr. Meechai Ruchuphan who created the wrongdoings for countless nations.
Prachatai Highlight of morning session of parliamentary vote for PM The highlights of a morning session of the parliamentary session, which was held to select a new Prime Minister with Pita Limjaroenrat as the only candidate nominated for the position. However, the outgoing government coalition parties continue to strongly oppose Pita.
Prachatai Highlights of afternoon session of parliamentary PM vote In the afternoon parliamentary session of 13 July 2023 to select a new PM, the royal defamation law remained the hot topic.
Prachatai Pita Limcharoenrat loses his bid for PM in the first round of voting Pita Limcharoenrat, the leader of the Move Forward Party, has lost his first attempt to become Prime Minister when he was unable to secure the necessary 375 votes from parliament.
Bangkok Post Abolish senators' right to vote on PM: Piyabutr The Move Forward Party (MFP) should propose draft legislation seeking to abolish Section 272 of the constitution which gives junta-appointed senators the power to join MPs in selecting the prime minister, Piyabutr Saengkanokkul posted on his Facebook page on Thursday night.
It is significant that a senator who voted against Pita left parliament on a motorbike immediately after his vote with the help of the police. Moreover, shortly before the vote, the dictator turned his back on his party and resigned. Four military officers who had been appointed senators gave military exercises that could not be postponed as the reason for their non-appearance for the vote. All in order not to have to take responsibility for the planned failure of the candidate. Prayut Chan-o-cha and his backers rub their hands and laugh: Their hand-picked puppets have done their job perfectly.
Remove the Senators!
The establishment is alarmed:
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Parliament President Wan on Fri accepts a petition by MFP MPs seeking to amend Article 272 of the junta-sponsored charter which if successful would remove the power of the junta-appointed senators to jointly vote with elected MPs for PM. In order to succeed, they will need at least 376 votes from the parliament, approval from one third of the junta-appointed senators, or 84 of them, and at least 20 percent of the votes from opposition parties.
Thai PBS World reports on its Twitter account: Rangsiman Rome reveals Move Forward party’s plan to strip the power of the Senate, allocated by Article 272, and how the party hopes that Pita can still become the next prime minister for another round of voting next week.
Thai PBS World Pita's renomination for PM hangs in balance, party hopes to remove senators from PM selection Senator Prapanth Koonmee has insisted that Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat's prime ministerial candidacy cannot be resubmitted to parliament, after he failed to get the minimum 375 votes needed to approve his candidacy in the first ballot.
Thai PBS World Move Forward to seek revocation of Senate's power to vote for PM A group of Move Forward MPs will propose a motion to parliament this afternoon to revoke an article in the Constitution which allows senators to vote for a prime minister, said Pukkamon Noonanant, party deputy spokeswoman on Friday.
Pravit Rojanaphruk reports on his Twitter account: EC has shut down "comment" function on its FB aft being bombarded with criticism today for asking the Constitutional Court to suspend Pita as MP & the court to rule whether Pita should be disqualified due to ITV shareholding. U can still post angry face.
Thai News Report reports on its Twitter account: The PheuThaiParty has tweeted a clear message this evening: "Tomorrow, Pheu Thai is ready to vote for Pita Limcharoenrat to be the prime minister".
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Police have been deployed to guard the Election Commission Office on Weds after it has decided to call the Constitutional Court to suspend Pita Limjaroenrat as MP immediately pending the court's ruling on whether Pita should be disqualified due to his ITV shareholding.
In a related development, Thai-language Twitter hashtag "what's the EC for" is trending ahead of planned protests this evening in Bangkok and elsewhere.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: MFP on Weds issued a call for action for its supporters to wear orange, the party's colour, & expressed their support both on and off-line ahead of the vote for Pita as PM tom. The party also call for people to assembly at key spots & monitor the vote.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: The Constitutional Court has accepted a petition to rule whether Move Forward Party & leader Pita Limjaroenrat are attempting to overthrow the democratic system with HM the King as the Head of State by pledging to amend the lese majeste law.
The court has ordered the accused to clarify the matter within 15 days. If found guilty, the party could be dissolved and Pita banned from politics.
The Nation How Thailand's 30th prime minister will be elected All eyes will be on Parliament tomorrow when lawmakers vote to elect Thailand's 30th prime minister. Here, The Nation outlines the processes necessary for the ballot.
The Nation Thailand's four armed forces' chiefs to skip PM voting due to jobs elsewhere The supreme commander and chiefs of the three armed forces will be busy with other missions and cannot attend the joint Parliament sitting to elect the next PM on Thursday.
The Nation Pita still an MP, eligible to contest for PM, say Senate whips Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat is still a member of Parliament and can still contest for the prime minister's post on Thursday, the Senate whips decided during a closed-door meeting on Wednesday.
Bangkok Post MFP decries EC 'abuse of power' in Pita decision Party says poll body may have broken law by not inviting leader to defend himself.
Saksith Saiyasombut reports on its Twitter account: Speaking to Thairath TV Pita says he isn't surprised by the EC's petition to seek a Constitution Court ruling to disqualify him, says that he'll still be in parliament tomorrow for the PM vote and "ready" to answer all questions in the 6 hrs debate before the vote.
Saksith Saiyasombut reports on its Twitter account: Speaking to Thairath TV Pita says he isn't surprised by the EC's petition to seek a Constitution Court ruling to disqualify him, says that he'll still be in parliament tomorrow for the PM vote and "ready" to answer all questions in the 6 hrs debate before the vote.
I understand the law (forbidding politicians to own media shares), but you can't watch iTV anymore since 17 years and the entity has not gained any revenue from media activities for a while. (…) At no point has the EC contacted me to clear things up.
I'm just as curious about the timing of this decision as anyone else is. I've been an MP for 4 years and now, one day before the PM vote, there's suddenly something wrong (about my eligibility) - so I can't help but wonder what's going on.
We agree with the Senators that Thailand should be a democratic regime with the King as Head of State, but the monarchy should not be used a political weapon - that's all we differ on.
Bangkok Post Pita: 'Persecution against me would be costly' Move Forward leader says morale is still high ahead of vote for PM in parliament. Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat says he does not think there is a campaign of political persecution against him, because if there were it would be costly.
Thai Enquirer The Enduring Shadows of Prayut Chan-ocha's Era: Thailand’s Unforgivable Puppet Masters It is with a measure of relief, albeit tinged with deep scepticism, that we are finally witnessing the conclusion of the Prayut Chan-ocha era in Thailand. However, as one tyrant steps aside, we must never forget those who, like unseen puppeteers, pulled the strings from behind the scenes. The sobering truth is that the influence of these puppet masters — from his coup companion Prawit Wongsuwan, to the deep-pocketed businesses and military — persists, even after Prayut's exit.
Prachatai Outgoing government coalition parties rule out Pita as PM due to Article 112 amendment plan The outgoing government coalition parties have reiterated their stance that their MPs will not vote in favour of Pita Limjaroenrat from the Move Forward Party due to their opposition to the MFP policy to amend the royal defamation law or Section 112 of the Criminal Code.
Khaosod Lawfare Has Begun; Pita's Fate Repeats Thailand's Political Turmoil The Election Commission of Thailand’s decision to seek a ruling from the Constitutional Court on Pita Limjaroenrat’s ITV shares, to question his eligibility as MP and to seek his immediate suspension pending the ruling is another example of political turmoil in Thailand.
Bloomberg Uncertainty Looms Over Thai PM Vote Even If Frontrunner Wins Thai politician Pita Limjaroenrat will have his first shot at occupying the country’s top political office Thursday, as lawmakers gathered to elect a new prime minister in a vote that will test whether conservative groups are willing to undermine the results of a May election.
The Nation MFP supporters gather as opponents step up challenges ahead of PM vote Human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa on Wednesday warned the Election Commission (EC) that people all over the country will protest if Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat is obstructed from becoming Thailand’s next prime minister.
Thai PBS World Pita complains of unfair treatment by the Election Commission Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat claimed today (Wednesday) that he has been unfairly treated by the Election Commission (EC), with its decision to submit the iTV share case to the Constitutional Court for consideration, without giving him a chance to defend himself.
Pravit Rojanaphruk reports on his Twitter account: Junta-appointed senator Praphan Koonmee said parliament must not allow Pita to be voted as PM candidate as he's now being considered by Constitutional Court whether he's qualified to be MP due to ITV shareholding.
Pravit Rojanaphruk reports on his Twitter account: Pita told parliament he's qualified to be voted as PM candidate 2day becoz he must be presumed innocent until found otherwise & the parliament has no right to prematurely judge him as unfit to be PM.
Kaewmala reports on her Twitter account: The so-called Election Commission, Constitutional Court, National Anti-Corruption Commission. These are so-called “independent agencies.” There is nothing “independent” about them, except independent from integrity and justice. They are tools and machinations of shameless power.
Thai Enquirer Opinion: The Old Order’s Last Gasp There is in Thailand a vestige of an epoch that is fast losing its relevance. I speak of Thailand's conservative establishment, an obdurate machine anchored in antiquated conceptions of power, inept at moving with the currents of democratic evolution, and balefully terrified of a new political dawn.
Bangkok Post Pita: 'I'm not giving up' "I accept it but I'm not giving up," was Pita Limjaroenrat's first reaction after he failed to win a majority vote from parliament for his premiership on Thursday evening.
Bangkok Post Thammasat student council condemns PM vote The Thammasat University Student Council issued a statement condemning Thursday’s vote for a new prime minister, saying that members of parliament and senators who voted against the will of the people or abstained from voting were disgraceful.
Bangkok Post Pita fails to secure support Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat on Thursday failed to gather enough support in parliament in his nomination to become the country’s 30th prime minister.
Bangkok Post Election Commission defends decision to 'rush' Pita case The Election Commission (EC) insisted on Thursday it had strictly followed the law when deciding to forward Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat’s ineligibility case to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday.
The New York Times Junta's Allies Reject Thai Election Results, Derailing Top Opposition Figure The Thai military's hold on the Senate blocked a popular progressive candidate who had emerged as the clear winner. Parliament will now have to vote again, as the opposition vows to demonstrate.
Bloomberg Thai Conservatives Stop Pro-Democracy Candidate From Becoming PM Thai senators appointed by the army blocked pro-democracy candidate Pita Limjaroenrat from becoming prime minister in the first vote since his party won the most seats in a May election, raising political tensions as the nation struggles to end nearly a decade of military-backed rule.
Khaosod reports on its Twitter account: Pheu Thai Party leader Cholnan Srikaew said Fri it's possible Phalang Pracharath Party may try to nominate its PM candidate Gen Prawit Wongsuwan to compete on Wednesday's PM vote in order to form a minority gov't and it's a matter that the coalition must consider.
About Taksin's announced return
Thai PBS World Thaksin postpones his return to Thailand Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has, again, delayed his return to Thailand, this time saying he will wait to see how the election of the prime minister turns out.
Bangkok Post Thaksin return hits new delay The return to Thailand of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra remains on track but the plan is likely to be slightly delayed to avoid any political turbulence, according to his daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra.
Khaosod Thaksin's Return Will Be Determined By The Outcome Of PM Vote The outcome of the July 13 prime minister vote, according to Paethongtan Shinawatra, the Pheu Thai Party’s PM candidate, will first determine whether her father, Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, will return home.
Bangkok Post NACC to drop THAI charges The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has dropped charges filed against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and three others in a corruption case linked with Thai Airways International's (THAI) purchase of 10 Airbus aircraft between 2003 and 2004, according to one of the parties charged in the case.
Asean Now Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Postpones His Return to Thailand Indefinitely Former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra has postponed his return home in July indefinitely, according to his daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra.
Thailand is one of those countries where the prime minister can be chosen irrespective of the actual voting outcome
This is a developing story: We'll give updates on the situation as we learn more.