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Constitutional Court to have final say: EC votes to disband Thai Raksa Chart

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The Election Commission has voted unanimously to ask the Constitutional Court to consider disbanding the Thai Raksa Chart party. The decision leaves the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart in tatters with the national poll only six weeks away.

The EC statement says that the commission reached the resolution to recommend the party’s dissolution to the Constitutional Court last night after finding the party’s nomination of Princess Ubolratana as its sole prime ministerial candidate “detrimental to democratic rule with the King as the head of state”.

EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma handed over the EC’s resolution to the Constitutional Court and told the media that the commission arrived at the resolution last night.

Regarding the Thai Raksa Chart party’s defence evidence, he said that they would be sent to the EC chairman for consideration in the next meeting.

The party’s legal team submitted its evidence to defend its role in the controversial nomination of its prime ministerial candidate to the EC this morning which was already too late as the commission had already made its decision.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Deputy PM promises ‘no coup’ after the election

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Thailand’s Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan is hosing down speculation that there could be another coup after the March 24 general election if the votes don’t support the pro-military parties.

Responding to questions about his role in maintaining peace and order around this Sunday’s election, General Prawit says there is “nothing to worry about”, including the situation in the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

He says there are no special orders to officials in charge of security affairs.

He told reporters to ask the Ruang Palang Prachachart Thai party founder Suthep Thuagsuban about his reported threat to stage street protests if the pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party wins the election (again).

General Prawit dismissed speculation that he would act as a negotiator to help form a coalition government with the pro-military Palang Pracharat party. He also said that PM Prayut Chan-o-cha had not asked him to stay on after the election.

On the eve of the election (tomorrow), most parties will hold major campaign rallies in Bangkok and in their respective political strongholds, according to Thai PBS.

It is unlikely that any single party will win a majority of the lower house seats and will need to negotiate a coalition with other parties. If no party wins a majority of lower house seats, the combined houses of parliament, which includes the military-appointed upper house, will sit to choose an ‘outsider’ prime minister which could be almost any Thai citizen.

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Alcohol ban again this weekend around Thailand

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The election is two days away. That means Thais go to the polls for the first time since 2011. It also means there will be another 24 hour alcohol ban on this weekend.

Alcohol sales and distribution will be forbidden again from 6pm on Saturday, March 23 until 6pm on Sunday, March 24.

Officials say weddings, parties and other celebrations can still be organised for these dates but there must be no alcohol served or consumed.

International media, seemingly horrified by the prospect, have been getting all the headlines and stories wrong.

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The election rule isn’t new and affects everyone, not just British tourists.

Thai officials say the ban is partly to curb previous attempts by political parties to throw ‘free booze’ parties the night before to influence voters. This weekend’s election will welcome seven million new voters who are eligible to vote in the first free election since 2011.

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Some election results out by 8pm Sunday night

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More than 92,000 polling stations will be operating this Sunday for the national poll to elect a new Government. Seven million new voters, eligible since the last poll in 2011, will make a new impact on the election results making predictions more complex than in the past.

Election results will start dribbling out of smaller polling booths just an hour after voting in this Sunday’s national election.

Voting will close at 5pm on Sunday, according to the Election Commission.

The EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma says results can be expected in less than an hour from smaller polling stations, adding that unofficial results from at least 95 per cent of the polling stations should be ready by 8pm on Sunday.

These results will reveal the number of constituency seats won by each party, but figures on party-list seats will not be released until after the EC has officially endorsed the election results, Jarungvith added.

“The agency will not do the calculations to find out the number of party-list MPs on Sunday. Also, numbers may change, especially if by-elections are required or if ballots need to be recounted in some areas. We can only reveal the results once we have endorsed the votes,” he said.

A private group led by rights watchdog iLaw have launched the vote62.com website to serve as a platform for updates on election results and as a means to prevent fraud during the counting of ballots.

Those participating in ballot counting can take photographs of the counting board and post the pictures on the website, while those keeping track of the vote-count on TV or online platforms can enter tallies or upload photos on the website.

The group said the results displayed on the website will later be compared by the official results released by the EC to ensure transparency.

Meanwhile the Health Department is issuing tips advising voters to get at least six hours sleep before casting their vote.

Voters are being urged to wear light clothes because the temperature on Sunday is expected to rise up to 40C in central and northern parts of the country and up to 35 or 36 in southern areas.

SOURCE: The Nation

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