Thai Election Commission to verify election result on Tuesday

15:24, July 12, 2011      

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Five election commissioners on Tuesday hold a meeting to consider complaints on electoral frauds and endorsement of elected MP candidates.

The Election Commission was originally scheduled to announce the result at around 1 p.m.

The initial reports said that the EC would be able to certify 445 MPs out of 500 because the agency needs to probe into complaints filed against 55 MP candidates.

According to the Constitution, the EC has to finish verification of at least 475 MPs, or 95 percent of the overall 500, within 30 days after the election day so that House of the Representatives could be able to convene the first parliamentary meeting.

Among those who are facing complaints is YingLuck Shinawatra, Thailand's first female prime minister in waiting and the youngest sister of the fugitive former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Some 50 members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), alias Red-shirt movement, were gathering at the EC building, calling the commissioners to endorse its core- leader Jatuporn Prompan, as an MP.

Jatuporn Prompan was a key leader of Red-shirt and a party-list MP of Pheu Thai Party. In the July 3 election he was also put on the list of the party's MP. He and another Red-shirt leader were put in jail after a court withdrew his bail in mid May. The Constitution prohibits any candidate who is facing jail term or released from jail for less than five years to become an MP.

Jatuporn and other 18 Red-shirt leaders were indicted on terrorism charges after they led Red-shirt supporters to hold deadly street protests against the Democrat-led government from March to May last year.

About 150 police officers were deployed to assure order and security at the EC compound.

Source: Xinhua
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