Ex- poll commissioner Somchai discloses why he rejected Yingluck government’s BAAC’s 20Bn baht loan

A former member of Thailand’s Election Commission, Mr. Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, today (Saturday) posted on his Facebook part of a memoir he wrote in the EC journal about an incident five…

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EC Office claims it spent 463 million baht on election of senators

The Office of the Election Commission has clarified that it actually spent 463 million baht of the total 1.3 billion baht budget allocated for the election and selection of 250…

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Thanathorn’s loan to his party could violate Article 66 of the Political Party Act

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit appears to have landed himself in yet another controversy; this time it is about his admission that he provided a loan of about 110…

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EC seeks Charter Court ruling on Thanathorn’s alleged media share holding

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s fate now rests with the Constitutional Court, which will decide whether he is qualified to retain his parliamentary membership, following an EC probe into…

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Democrat party opposes EC’s party-list seat calculation method

The Democrat party has joined two other political parties in voicing their objection to the Election Commission’s formula used in the calculation of party-list seat allocation to parties contesting the…

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EC announces election results in 349 constituencies

More than six weeks after Thailand held one of its most important general elections, the Election Commission today finally announced its official results for 349 constituencies and nationwide and endorsed…

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EC disqualifies 11 election candidates from 7 parties

The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday disqualified eleven election candidates, representing seven smaller parties, for alleged violations of the election law. According to the EC, the 11 candidates committed one…

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EC confident poll results will be announced by May 9

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) is confident that it will be able to announce, in the Royal Gazette, the official results of the March 24th general election by May 9th, the…

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Thanathorn warns many candidates will be disqualified if the EC applies the same standard to all

Many election candidates from the other parties will be disqualified if the Election Commission (EC) applies the same standard used against his party’s candidates, said Future Forward party leader Thanathorn…

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Future Forward demands election re-run in Nakhon Pathom’s Constituency One

The Future Forward party has called for an election re-run in Nakhon Pathom’s Constituency One due to the flip-flopping on vote count results causing public confusion and rendering the election…

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The EC will consider three formulae in party-list seat calculation

The Election Commission’s Office will this week submit to the Election Commission (EC) 2 or 3 formulae options for the calculation of the 150 party-list seats to be allocated to…

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EC proceed with its own party-list seat calculation formula  

The Election Commission (EC) will proceed and use the formula that it believes is legally correct for calculating party-list seats to be allocated to parties contesting the March 24thelection and will announce the official results, of at least 95% of the elections for both…

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EC expected to rule on Thanathorn’s fate on Tuesday

The Election Commission (EC) is expected to deliver a ruling tomorrow (Tuesday) on the fate of Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit over his alleged shareholding in a media company. EC chairman…

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Pheu Thai ready to form government after official poll results announced

The Pheu Thai party is ready to form a coalition government with its six allies once the Election Commission has announced the official results of the March-24 general election, said…

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EC seeks Charter Court ruling on party-list seat allocation formula

Confused by the varying results from its own calculations of the allocation of 150 party-list seats in the new parliament, the Election Commission (EC) agreed at a meeting today to refer the matter to the…

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Ex-charter write insists there is only one formula to calculate party-list seats

A former constitution writer and election commissioner said today that there is only one formula for the calculation of the party-list seat allocation and that it is stipulated in the…

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EC maintains unofficial poll results on March 24 were accurate

The Election Commission (EC) said today that reporting of the unofficial election results, using the Rapid Reporting system and released on election night, were accurate although attempts to hack the…

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Chiang Mai likely to suffer haze problem until May

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai is likely to face health-threatening haze problems from PM2.5 dust particles until early May, or the arrival of the rainy season, due to uncontrolled…

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Students launch impeachment campaign against Election Commission

Students from nine of Thailand’s universities have launched a signature-collection campaign to demand the impeachment of the Election Commission (EC), accusing it of mishandling the March 24th general election resulting…

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EU urges speedy declaration of election results

The European Union has expressed hope that Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) will be able to declare the final election result as soon as possible and that any reported irregularities are resolved swiftly and transparently. The EU spokesman…

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Unofficially Pheu Thai leads the pack with 137 House seats

The pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party has emerged as the winner of the March-24 general election, garnering 137 House seats from 350 constituencies nationwide, according to unofficial poll results announced yesterday by the Election Commission (EC).  The party did not…

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EC says Gen Prayut’s nomination as PM candidate is legal

The Election Commission (EC) has ruled that the Palang Pracharat party’s nomination of General Prayut Chan-o-cha as its prime ministerial candidate is legitimate.   An EC press release today said that the commission had considered a…

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Ex-TRC candidates to be probed for trying to “influence” voters

The Election Commission (EC) has ordered an investigation into the conduct of some former candidates of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart party who have reportedly urged their supporters to vote…

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EC urged to allow international monitoring of election

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has been urged to speed up its approval of requests from international organizations to send observers to monitor the upcoming general election. Mr. Aekkapant Pinthavanich, director…

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EC conditionally allows PM Prayut to campaign with candidates

The pro-junta Palang Pracharat party has received a boost after the Election Commission gave its approval for the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to join party candidates on the hustings. The…

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EC non-committal on PM Prayut joining debates

Thailand’s Election Commission has given mixed signals as to whether current Prime Minister and head of the NCPO, Prayut Chan-o-cha, can legally take part in debates with other prime ministerial…

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Election Commission rejects 2 PM and 107 party-list candidates

Thailand’s Election Commission announced today that 107 party-list and two prime ministerial candidates have been disqualified. Of the 2,917 party-list registered candidates from 77 political parties, 2,810 candidates as well…

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Pheu Thai demands dissolution of Palang Pracharat in response to Thai Raksa Chart’s possible disbandment

The Pheu Thai party has retaliated against the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party by demanding that the Election Commission dissolve that party as well, following action taken against the pro-Thaksin Thai…

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Election Commission decides to dissolve Thai Raksa Chart, Constitutional Court to have final say

The Election Commission has voted unanimously to ask the Constitutional Court to consider disbanding the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party.  A press release of the EC’s office said that the…

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Election Commission officially rejects Thai Raksa Chart’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana for PM

Thailand’s Election Commission has rejected the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana as its sole candidate for the post-election prime minister. The commission also considered the demand…

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Election Commission urged to reject Thai Raksa Chart’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana

The People’s Reform party, which openly supports Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return as prime minister after the election,  has urged the Election Commission to reject the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party’s…

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Thailand to have election on March 24

The Election Commission has set Sunday, March 24 as the date for the long-awaited general election. The commission made the decision during an urgently-called meeting only hours after the Royal…

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3 ministers in hot water after Constitutional Court asked to rule on their qualifications

The Election Commission has faulted three cabinet members and former Prime Minister’s Office Minister M.L. Panadda Diskul for holding shares in companies granted business concessions by state agencies in violation…

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EC to look into Palang Pracharat’s controversial fund-raising 

The Election Commission has promised to look into the pro-junta Palang Pracharat’s much-celebrated fund raising on Wednesday night to determine whether donations by either individuals or organizations conform with the…

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EC welcomes international observers to monitor election

The Election Commission has made clear it does not object to having international observers monitor the forthcoming election on February 24. EC chairman Itthiporn Boonprakong said Wednesday that he had…

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Prayut says EC will decide whether to allow foreign observers to monitor election

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made clear today that the Election Commission will be the sole authority to decide whether or not to allow foreign observers to monitor the forthcoming election…

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EC sets limits on election spending for  and parties

The Election Commission has agreed to set a limit of individual election spending of candidates at two million baht each and 70 million baht for political parties. A well-informed source…

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Political parties join hands to demand EC to change controversial ballots

Seven political parties have demanded the Election Commission to change its poll ballot format to include the names and logos of political parties and to allow each party to use…

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EC warned new ballots could lead to possibility of election being nullified

As resentments among political parties and politicians grow against the new poll ballot design, a former election commissioner has warned the Election Commission that the forthcoming election could end up…

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PM Prayut irked by questions about alleged gerrymandering 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha lost his cool today when confronted by reporters who pestered him with questions about the Election Commission’s redrawing of constituency boundaries that has come under criticisms…

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Applications open today for senatorial posts

The Election Commission today starts accepting applications for senatorial posts from members of the public at its head office in Bangkok and at over 800 venues across the country. The…

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Junta slammed for alleged interference with EC’s constituencies re-mapping

Both the Democrat and Pheu Thai parties have come out to slam the National Council for Peace and Order for what they see as its interference in the work of…

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Government spokesman insists NCPO’s order will not delay election

The fresh order by the National Council for Peace and Order to give more time for the Election Commission to demarcate constituency boundaries will not delay the election tentatively scheduled…

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EC secretary general confident election to be held on Feb 24

The Election Commission is fully prepared to hold the upcoming election on February 24 next year and will be able to complete the registration of 12 remaining parties in time for…

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EC to consult Foreign Ministry on EU request to monitor February election 

The Election Commission will have to consult relevant agencies, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before it can decide whether or not to allow the European Union to send observers…

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Probe into Thaksin’s alleged influence over Pheu Thai underway

The Election Commission (EC) is investigating what is seen by many as attempts by ousted prime minster Thaksin Shinawatra to exert influence over Pheu Thai Party, EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma…

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EC will probe Pheu Thai’s alleged influence over two parties

The Election Commission (EC) will investigate allegations that Pheu Tham Party and Pheu Chart Party are proxies of the former ruling Pheu Thai Party, EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma said. If…

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EC responsible for probing Thaksin’s alleged interference in Phue Thai: PM Prayut

Only the Election Commission can decide whether ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s influence on Pheu Thai Party is against the election law or not, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. He…

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Junta and Election Commission must address  issues of primary election and political restrictions 

The National Council for Peace and Order and the Election Commission must sit down together to resolve two crucial political issues – unlocking of political restrictions and primary election,  Mr…

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