BANGKOK – A well known Thai anti-corruption activist Srisuwan Janya has filed a petition with the Election Commission to probe the claims made by 13 Future Forward Party (FFP) MPs that they had been offered up to 120 million baht each to switch sides and vote for Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as prime minister.
Thirteen Future Forward Party MPs said at a briefing on Tuesday they had been offered 30-120 million baht each to vote for Gen Prayut. During the prime ministerial vote the next day, none of the Future Forward Party MPs voted for Gen Prayut.
Such an act violates Section 149 the Criminal Code and Sections 28, 29, 44, 46 and 88 of the 2017 Political Parties Act, he claimed.
“It’s an act of toppling the rule of the country or acquiring power through means other than what is prescribed in the Constitution, a ground for dissolution of a party,” he said.
Mr Srisuwan urged the Future Forward Party MPs to take legal action against those who allegedly made the offers without delay.
“This is to clear its name and criticism that it held a briefing for political gains ahead of the prime ministerial vote,” he said.
Failure to do that could lead to the removal of its executives. They could be fined 50,000 baht each and banned from politics for five years, he added.
In Thai politics, a cobra is an MP of one party who defects to another for money or other incentives.
By Gary Boyle