6 June 2024

Serial petitioner Ruangkrai Leekitwattana has urged the Election Commission (EC) to ask the Constitutional Court to rule on whether Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat is qualified to be an MP, in his latest solo crusade to prevent the party’s candidate from becoming prime minister.

Now that the EC has confirmed all 500 MPs in the House of Representatives, Ruangkrai cited Section 98 of the Constitution, saying that, if there is doubt about the qualification of an electoral candidate, because he or she may hold stakes in a media company, the EC can ask the Constitutional Court to consider the case.

The activist also said that, according to Section 82 of the Constitution, one-tenth of the MPs or senators can ask the House or the Senate speaker to send their motion to consider the qualification of Pita to the Constitutional Court.

He said that, if the Constitutional Court accepts the case, it can order Pita to stop performing as an MP until the court issues a ruling on the case.

Pita is reported to have owned 42,000 shares in iTV, allegedly a media company at the time of the election, which was part of the inheritance from his late father 17 years ago. Recently, however, he transferred the shares to other heirs.