Pheu Thai Pledges Court Fights For Election Rights

Pheu Thai Party rally in Khon Kaen province, 4 January 2014

(5 January) Pheu Thai Party has announced it will seek legal actions to ensure that its candidates in southern provinces can register for the upcoming general election.


Anti-government protesters allied with the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) have besieged election registration venues in 8 southern provinces the bid to derail the general election on 2 February 2014.
But Mr. Pichit Chuenban, Pheu Thai MP candidate and legal adviser to the party, said today that the legal team will file lawsuits to the Administrative Court, asking the judges to ensure the rights of Pheu Thai′s 29 candidates in 8 southern provinces to register for the election.
He believes the court would rule in his favour since Pheu Thai Party has been following the election laws in every manner.
The government has even proposed to the Election Commission (EC) that new registration venues be established to avoid the protesters? siege, but the EC has somehow turned down that offer, Mr. Pichit said.
"The EC refuses to exercise its power according to the constitutional laws related to the election," Mr. Pichit told our correspondent, "It deliberately neglects [its duty] and cancels the registration. Such actions do not adequately protect the rights of the candidates".
Mr. Pichit also vowed to file further legal cases to every other court if the Administrative Court dismissed his lawsuit. "We will use every legal channel to fight for the rights of Pheu Thai Party and our candidates," he said.

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