Meechai says EC has no right to ask charter court to rule on “zero setting”

Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Ruchupan said Wednesday (July 5) that the Election Commission has no right to ask the Constitutional Court to rule on the zero setting of the election watchdog as prescribed in the Election Commission Bill.

The only way that the EC can take the zero setting case to the Constitutional Court is to wait until the EC Bill has come into force and it rests with the charter court to decide whether the bill is constitutional or unconstitutional, said Mr Meechai.

Commenting on the Political Party Bill which is still pending with the National Legislative Assembly, the CDC chairman said the CDC had sent its reservation regarding primary vote to the Assembly, pointing out that the controversial vote could result in chaos which might be deemed as contrary to the spirit of the Constitution.

He took note of the provision in the bill requiring the leader of a political party to be placed at Number One of the party list could deprive the party leader's right to contest in a constituency and could bring about a host of negative consequences.

However, he made clear that he did not object to primary vote, which, he said, should be maintained but consultations with the NLA and the Election Commission were needed.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)