EC undecided whether to seek charter court’s ruling on EC bill

The Election Commission was undecided at its meeting on Tuesday about whether it should ask the Constitutional Court to rule on the constitutionality of certain provisions in the Election Commission Bill which was already approved by the National Legislative Assembly.

A well-informed informed source said that EC did not make a decision because it wanted the EC's Office to deliberate on two issues � the scrapping of EC's power to call off an election and the deprivation of the EC's power to hold local elections.

Even without the EC's resolution on the constitutionality issue, the source said that individual election commissioners could take the case to the Constitutional Court themselves.

Election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said that taking the case to the Constitutional Court could cause public misunderstanding of the EC's motive. He, however, maintained that the EC was empowered under the Constitution to seek the court's ruling on the controversial provisions of the EC Bill in order to clear up any ambiguity or doubt.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)