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Thai election agency endorses 397 candidates winning general election
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20:55, January 03, 2008

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Thailand's Election Commission (EC) on Thursday endorsed the first batch of 397 from a total of 480 winning candidates of last month's general election, EC chairman Apichart Sukhakkhanont said.

Of all the 480 winners, the EC is still investigating on 83 candidates who are suspected of election frauds, Apichart said, adding the EC will announce the final result of the 83 candidates by Jan. 21.

During the general election held on Dec. 23 last year, the People Power Party (PPP) won a total of 233 of the 480 parliament seats, while the Democrat Party won 165, the Chart Thai party 37, Puea Pandin Party 24, Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana Party nine, Matchimathipataya Party seven and Pracharaj Party five.

However, the EC said the election agency has got many reports of election fraud cases and it will rely on evidence to rule on how many red and yellow cards to be issued on electoral frauds.

According to the election law, a candidate who was issued with a red card will be disqualified in the by-elections which is now set on Jan. 20, while a candidate with a yellow card still can re-contest the by-elections.

After the by-elections, the first parliament meeting is scheduled to be held on Jan. 22.


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