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Constitutional Court will have to rule on ministers’ position, EC’s Somchai says

Jun 08. 2017
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By The Nation

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THE Constitutional Court will have to consider and rule on whether nine ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, have qualifications that meet requirements of the new charter, Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said on Thursday.

The Election Commission is probing the ministers’ qualifications following a complaint it received early last month.

The probe is seen by some political observers as an act of revenge, given the Election Commissioners face losing their jobs under a total reset of the agency once the new election law is enacted.

But Somchai said the agency had no authority to rule on the complaint, so the matter would have to go to the top court, and the agency would just deliver the case to it, because the complaint related to the new charter.

The nine ministers came to office with qualifications that met requirements under the discarded 2007 charter.

With the new charter having been promulgated, the ministers’ qualifications had become subject to scrutiny, Somchai said.

He insisted that the EC process to look into the matter was just following the law.

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