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Democrats poised to take on the Election Commission over party-list seats

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The Democrat party is joining two other political parties in objecting to the Election Commission’s party-list formula used to allocate seats to parties following the March 24 election. They’ve vowed to take legal action over the matter, along with heu Thai and Future Forward

All three have now vowed to explore all possible legal channels to deal with the EC.

Mr. Ramet Rattanachaweng, a member of the party’s executive committee, said that the EC’s method of party-list seat calculation did not reflect the voice of the voters.

“The principle of Article 91 of the Constitution is clear. It says that the seats to be allocated must reflect the votes of the people as much as possible,” said Ramet, adding that a party cannot get more party-list seats than those to which it is entitled.

In other words, he insisted that any party which received fewer than 71,168 votes in the March 24  election should not get any party-list seats. While expressing disagreement with the EC, the Democrat party’s tone has been just slightly less aggressive than from Pheu Thai and Future Forward.

The EC on Wednesday announced the allocation of 149 party-list seats and endorsement of 149 party-list MPs, including Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroogruantkit who is still embroiled in a legal conflict with the EC over his alleged media share-holding in violation of the election law.

 

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