Election intrigue: Thai court mulls lawsuit over EC’s unjust targeting of MFP chief Pita

In a significant improvement, the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases is contemplating a lawsuit towards the Election Commission (EC) of Thailand for unjustly concentrating on Pita Limjaroenrat, the Move Forward Party’s leader, resulting in injury to his reputation.
A verdict on whether to formally open the case for listening to is predicted at 9:30am on August 9. Those implicated in the lawsuit embody EC Chairman Ittiporn Boonpracong, all 5 election commissioners, and EC Secretary-General Sawang Boonmee, as disclosed by Yongyut Saokaewsatit, the authorized consultant of Pita.
It is claimed that each one seven EC officials are culpable for negligence of official duties and misconduct, as detailed in Section 157 of the Criminal Code. The lawyer stated that if discovered guilty, this might potentially result in the impeachment of all seven EC officers.
This case comes on the back of the EC’s choice to escalate an ineligibility case relating to Pita’s prior holding of forty two,000 shares in iTV Plc, to the Constitutional Court. The lawyer said…
“It has been incumbent on these seven EC officers to meticulously scrutinise Limjaroenrat’s eligibility before the overall election that took place on May 14.”
Yet, it appears that the officers did not fulfil this duty till a criticism was lodged by political activist Ruangkrai Leekitwattana. Leekitwattana accused Limjaroenrat of being ineligible to compete within the election on the grounds of his stake in a media company, based on the lawyer, reported Bangkok Post.
Prior to his candidacy within the election, the forty two 12 months previous MFP leader had already served a full term as an MP publish his victory within the 2019 General Election. Up until then, the EC had raised no issues about his eligibility. However, they hurriedly investigated the Bangkok-born politician’s case and forwarded it to the court simply before last week’s parliamentary vote to elect the country’s new prime minister, in which Pita was the only real nominee. The lawyer added…
“The move was apparently designed to smear Pita’s image and tarnish his reputation.”
Smuggled have been utilised as part of the evidence that substantiates the failure of the seven EC officers in performing their duty, in accordance with his lawyer.
In related developments, Jakkrit Thongsri, a Bhumjaithai Party MP for Buri Ram, was found to have declared a holding of 40,000 shares in iTV to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). The shares, along with other property valued at eighty four.forty two million baht, have been declared on the end of his prior MP tenure, as per info printed by the NACC..

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