Thailand speaker found guilty of election fraud

February 26th, 2008 - 4:43 pm ICT by admin  

Bangkok, Feb 26 (Xinhua) Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) Tuesday found the speaker of the house of representatives guilty of election fraud and decided to ask the Supreme Court to disqualify him. The five-member commission voted 3-2 to move the court in the case against Yongyuth Tiyapairat, asking for a judicial review of his involvement in vote-buying activities, EC secretary general Suthiphon Thaveechaigarn said.

Tiyapairat is the deputy head of the People Power Party, which won a majority in the December general elections.

If the Supreme Court accepts the EC’s petition and orders a trial against Tiyapairat, he would be suspended as the speaker pending a ruling.

If convicted, Tiyapairat would lose his seat as member of parliament and would be banned to contest a by-election.

Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, also from PPP, said that he was stunned by the EC’s ruling to disqualify Tiyapairat and would check with the commission before deciding the next move.

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