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Thai election agency disqualifies more winning candidates
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21:49, January 07, 2008

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The Election Commission (EC) of Thailand Monday issued two more red cards and two yellow cards against winning candidates of the Chart Thai Party and the People Power Party (PPP).

The commission said in a statement that two Chart Thai Party winning candidates in Chai Nat Province were disqualified by red cards and two PPP winning candidates in Udon Thani Province were disqualified by yellow cards.

Up to Monday, a total of five red cards were issued to three PPP and two Chart Thai Party candidates, while nine yellow cards were issued to eight PPP and one Democrat Party 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 and the Chart Thai Party won 37. However, the election commission said the election agency has got many reports of election fraud 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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