BANGKOK – Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet, a former police commander turned politician has petitioned Thailand’s Election Commission to disband the Pro-Junta Palang Pracharath Party for nominating Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, the man who seized power from a democratically elected government in a military coup as its prime ministerial candidate.
Pol Gen Seripisut, leader of the Seri Ruam Thai Party, said on Friday that he would ask the EC whether the nomination was an act deemed “hostile against the rule of constitutional monarchy”.
According to the Bangkok Post, the former police chief is not the first to raise the question. Vinyat Chartmontri, secretary-general of the United Lawyers for Rights and Liberty group, earlier on Friday submitted a letter to the EC asking for the same action to be taken.
“The EC accused the Thai Raksa Chart Party of committing the offense when the party nominated Princess Ubolratana as its PM candidate. I wonder whether the Palang Pracharath Party is also at fault for nominating Gen Prayut,” said Pol Gen Seripisut.
“I’d like to ask Khun Prayut: You seized power from someone else. Although you’ve been granted a royal pardon, is your action deemed hostile to the constitutional monarchy?”
The wrongdoing by Palang Pracharath was even more obvious than what Thai Raksa Chart did, he added.
The former police chief said he wondered how long it would take for the EC to consider his complaint, given that it took just three days for it to recommend that the Constitutional Court dissolve Thai Raksa Chart.
“If I make the exact same accusation [about Palang Pracharath], will the EC do it? If not, I’ll also press charges against it for dereliction of duty,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Pheu Thai party has filed a petition against the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party, demanding that the Election Commission dissolve that party as well, following action taken against the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart party.
The Pheu Thai party, which is closely affiliated with the troubled Thai Raksa Chart party, submitted a petition to the EC chairman accusing the Palang Racharat party of acts deemed to be hostile to democratic rule.
The Pheu Thai party’s allegations are that the Palang Pracharat party is associated with an attempt to set up a party illegally, misusing state positions for political gain and domination by vested interests.
The Pheu Thai party also objects to the Palang Pracharat party’s nomination of current Prime Minister Prayut as its prime ministerial candidate, claiming he is on the state payroll and, hence, his nomination breaches election law.
The Pheu Thai party party’s legal advisor, Mr. Winyat Chartmontri, warned that if the EC fails to consider the Pheu Thai party’s petition quickly his party would seek impeachment of the EC. Mr. Winyat did not refute conjecture that their move was an act of revenge.
He said that he had been watching the Palang Pracharat party closely and was taking action now because the party’s alleged misconduct was now too much and no longer acceptable.