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First round rejectee Peerasak re-applies for EC post


A former chief of the Land Department, one of the rejected election-commissioner candidates in the first round of names put forward by the selection panel, has filed an application for the second round of selection, which opened on Monday.

Peerasak Hinmuangkhao was the first person to apply for an Election Commission (EC) post in the second round, despite his failure the first time around.
The selection committee last time picked five candidates to propose for endorsement by the National Legislative Assembly. 
Along with another two candidates picked by the Supreme Court, seven names in total were submitted to the NLA. 
However, legislators voted to shoot down all seven on the list, prompting a new round of selection, which would take another 90 days.
Selection panel member Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said on Monday that there was nothing untoward about any of the five failed candidates that had been put forward by the committee filing an application again.
Pornpetch, who is also NLA president, declined to comment however on the other two candidates from the Supreme Court, who have also reapplied for places on the EC.
That was the court's business, he stressed.
He added that if the five selection-panel candidates failed again this time around, the committee may have to vote to invite other people to sit on the EC, but this would be for a consensus of the committee to decide.

Published : March 27, 2018

By : The Nation