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Thai election agency issues more yellow cards to winning candidates
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17:03, January 07, 2008

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The Election Commission (EC) of Thailand Monday issued four more yellow cards to a winning candidate of the Democrat Party and three winning candidates of the People Power Party (PPP).

EC Commissioner Praphan Naikowit said on Monday that Suthat Jansaengsi, a winning candidate of the Democrat Party in Phetchabun Province; PPP candidates Surathin Phimarnmekhin, Anan Sriphan, Cherdchai Wichianwan in Udon Thani Province were disqualified because of election frauds.

Earlier, the EC has issued three red cards and three yellow cards to six PPP candidates.

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

During the general election held on Dec. 23 last year, the PPP won a total of 233 of the 480 parliament seats, while the Democrat Party won 165. 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.

Of all the 480 winners, the EC is still investigating on more than 70 candidates who are suspected of election frauds and the election agency will announce the final result of the under-investigation candidates by Jan. 21.

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


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