23 May 2024

Chairman of the Election Commission Itthiporn Boonprakong denied that the commission has already made a decision to have the  pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party dissolved for nominating  Princess Ubolratana as its prime ministerial candidate last Friday.

The commission chairman said in a Line message to the media that it was still in the process of deciding the fate of the political party.

There were earlier reports that the commission had decided to asked the Constitutional Court to consider dissolving the party for engaging in “undertaking that may be hostile the democratic rule under the Monarchy”  by nominating Princess Ubolratana as its prime ministerial candidate.

“I want to inform you that the commission is still deliberating the issue. Unless it comes from me or the secretary general of the commission, don’t treat it as correct news,” Itthiporn said in his Line message.

The EC on Monday rejected Princess Ubolratana’s nomination following the issuance of the Royal Command by HM the King last Friday night which in essence opposed the nomination, by describing any involvement of a member of the Royal Family in politics as highly inappropriate.

The EC said it was in the process of ruling whether the party’s nomination of the princess was in violation of Article 92 of the Political Parties Act.  If found guilty, the party faces a dissolution, meaning it would be out of the March-24 general election.