11 July 2024

The ombudsmen have rejected the request from a former candidate of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart party to consider the constitutionality of the March 24th general election.

Mr. Raksakecha Chaechai, secretary-general of the Ombudsmen’s Office, said the ombudsmen met this morning to consider the request from Mr. Ruangkrai Leekitwattana, and agreed to reject the request on the grounds that it is not within the scope of authority and duty of the ombudsmen to either consider the case or forward  it to the Constitutional Court or the Administrative Court.

Regarding the former Thai Raksa Chart candidate’s other request for the ombudsmen to rule on the Election Commission’s formula to be used for the calculation of the 150 party-list seat allocation, Mr. Raksakecha said the ombudsmen agreed to refer the matter to the Constitutional Court for consideration.

He insisted that the ombudsmen had the right to refer the matter to the Charter Court which would decide whether to accept it for consideration or not.

Earlier this week, the court dismissed the Election Commission’s request that the court rule on the same matter on the grounds that the EC is fully authorized to resolve the issue by itself.