EC asks for 1-2 weeks to check Thaksin’s speech

The Election Commission is asking for 1-2 weeks to check the content of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s video call address from overseas with Pheu Thai members in Thailand on the occasion of the birthday of his sister, Ms Yingluck, last week.


EC secretary-general Charungwit Phumma said Monday that the initial checks would take 1-2 weeks and if the content of the speech was found to be in violation of the political party law, then a fact-finding committee would be set up to conduct a formal investigation.


He said he had assigned officials concerned to collect evidence regarding Thaksin’s speech and to report to the EC tomorrow.


On Sunday, Mr Suriyasai Katasila, vice dean of Rangsit University’s College of Social Innovation, urged the EC to investigate Thaksin’s speech to determine whether it amounts to violations of the political party law.


In essence, the new political party law states that an outsider is prohibited from leading, influencing, interfering with the affairs of or dominating a political party.  Violation of the law is liable to the dissolution of the Pheu Thai party, but the case has to be forwarded to the Constitutional Court for the final decision.


Asked to comment on Thaksin’s speech, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said it was the matter of the EC to decide.


Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krea-ngam, meanwhile, declined comment on the issue.