BANGKOK – M.R Sukhumbhand Paribatra has been stripped of his Bangkok Governorship after the Election Commission decided by 3-2 votes to issue him with a yellow card for breaking the election law.
The Election Commission’s decision to issue a yellow card to the governor for making malicious accusations against his opponents during the gubernatorial election has resulted to the disqualification of the election.
A source close to the Election Commission said the decision to yellow-card the Bangkok governor was mainly based on the petition by former senator Ruangkrai Leekitwattana.
Mr Ruangkrai’s complaint accused ex-Democrat MPs Suthep Thaugsuban and Jurin Laksanavisit of delivering political speeches at three public venues that claimed the so-called Thaksin regime was trying to change the country’s administration into a presidential system, and that Pheu Thai and the red-shirts were part of its movement.
The alleged defamation was based partly on an article written by retired police general Vasit Dejkunchorn, deputy chairman of an organization for transparency in Thailand.
As for the next step, the Election Commission will recommend the First Region Appeals Court to stage a new Bangkok governor’s election.
Despite the yellow card, the Election Commission said it didn’t find any evidence to suggest that Sukhumbhand had anything to do with the allegations which would have prompted the Election Commission to issue him a red card instead of a yellow card.
Although stripped of the Governorship, Sukhumbhand is not banned from contesting the poll.