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Ex-Pheu Thai MP accused of murder can run in polls: EC

By THE NATION

 

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A FORMER Pheu Thai Party MP, wanted in connection with the alleged murder of a local administrator in Khon Kaen, cannot be prohibited by law from contesting in the upcoming election, a senior election official said yesterday.
 

Apinan Chan-uppala, director of the Election Commission (EC)’s Khon Kaen office, pointed out that the province’s former MP Nawat Tohcharoensuk has not been convicted or jailed for a criminal offence. 

 

The current Constitution, in effect since April last year, prohibits anybody convicted or those who have been out of prison for less than 10 years from contesting in an election. 

 

“There has been no final court verdict in his case, so he is still eligible to contest,” the official said. 

 

Nawat is fighting a lawsuit that accuses him of being the mastermind behind the murder of Khon Kaen Provincial Administrative Organisation’s chief administrator Suchart Kotthum in 2013. An arrest warrant was issued against the former MP in April. 

 

Separately, Nawat allegedly assaulted a party colleague at a recent Pheu Thai Party meeting held to select election candidates. 

 

He supposedly got upset and kicked a fellow party member, who was expected to replace him as a Pheu Thai candidate in his home province of Khon Kaen. 

 

The colleague, Thanik Maseepitak, who was reportedly at the receiving end of Nawat’s anger, declined to comment on the matter yesterday, saying it was the party’s internal affair. 

 

“It’s a matter within our family. The party’s seniors are already taking care of it,” he said.

 

Nawat could not be reached for comment yesterday either, but Thanawin Phanthunaso, who looks after the politician’s house in Khon Kaen’s Nong Rua district, said he did not believe allegations of his boss assaulting a colleague. 

 

“He is very kind to me,” he said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30359970

 
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How about former and exiled PT PMs accused of most everything?

 

Allowed to throw their hats in the ring as well?

 

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20 minutes ago, zzaa09 said:

How about former and exiled PT PMs accused of most everything?

 

Allowed to throw their hats in the ring as well?

 

😎

No. Convicted.

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7 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

bad law and bad judgment by the EC, these are the kinds of people who end up being leaders in a place like this

'Tis the character make up and history of most local Puu Yai and Moobaan/Tambon Councils. 

 

Few pay attention to real local politics, which is the base for most everything.

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55 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

bad law and bad judgment by the EC, these are the kinds of people who end up being leaders in a place like this

What do you suggest then ? not allowing anyone under investigation to run. That opens a whole set of new problems where people can pay the police to investigate politicians (even if not guilty) so they can't run in the election ?

 

I understand how this looks, it looks real bad but until someone is found guilty and is convicted you can't already punish them. The guy could be innocent (not that I think he is but that is up to the judges).

 

Does show the quality of PTP and former PTP politicians. Same with that PTP politician that shot his wife and could not be arrested as long as parliament was in session. Thai politics is full of creatures like this and then they call it a democracy.

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Separately, Nawat allegedly assaulted a party colleague at a recent Pheu Thai Party meeting held to select election candidates. 

 

This demonstrates the typical PTP candidate, this is who they want in their party. No interest in improving the lot of their countrymen, only in enriching themselves. One would hope that they would be looking for people that have an interest in the environment, education and independence from billionaires with self serving goals.

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30 minutes ago, ChrisY1 said:

Shows the state of politics in Thailand....there's been an arrest warrant issued and served....and the case is now in the court......

He's nothing short of a gangster....so suited for Thai politics!

...and pt. Remember their violent thug mp from Laksi?  

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4 hours ago, SheungWan said:

Just the right candidate for Thaksin then.

But probably already negotiating with Suthep as it is his style.

 

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5 hours ago, zzaa09 said:

'Tis the character make up and history of most local Puu Yai and Moobaan/Tambon Councils. 

 

Few pay attention to real local politics, which is the base for most everything.

 

Quote "'Tis the character make up and history of most local Puu Yai and Moobaan/Tambon Councils."

 

True, there are many many examples of this all over the country and like this for at least decades.

 

IMHO what's even sadder, this scenario surely frightens / discourages the good guys from getting involved. 

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