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Thai election agency disqualifies poll winner candidate
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22:08, January 10, 2008

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The Election Commission (EC) of Thailand on Thursday issued another red card to a member of the People Power Party (PPP), annulling his qualification as a winner during the general election of Dec. 23, 2007.

Prasop Busarakham, the PPP candidate who successfully contested the race for the parliamentary seat in Udon Thani province's Constituency 3, had earlier been given a yellow card due to election frauds. However, the EC issued a red card Thursday, denying him the chance to run again in the by-election.

The polling agency had found him more deeply connected with alleged electoral wrongdoings than was initially seen, the state run Thai News Agency reported.

Prasop is a six-time MP (member of parliament) of the northeastern province and a former deputy agriculture minister.

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.

So far, seven candidates have been handed red cards and a dozen others have been given yellow cards.

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. After then, the EC will hold by-elections before the end of this month.


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