Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn on Wednesday said the EC has launched a probe into the qualifications of nine ministers to follow the law, not to take revenge.
The EC is subject to “resetting” following the resolution made by the National Legislative Assembly’s law vetting committee. The EC draft bill is one of the 10 organic laws to be enacted following the new charter. The NLA is scheduled to deliberate it in the second and third readings on Friday.
The EC launched the probe following a resolution yesterday, Somchai said.
The move followed a complaint filed by Pheu Thai’s lawyer Ruangkrai Leekijwattana in early May. The EC has 60 days to consider the complaint to see whether it would submit the case to the Constitutional Court.
Somchai said he could not confirm whether the case would be completed within the present terms of the EC, but the current members have to launch the probe or they would face charges of negligence of duty.
Somchai said the EC’s legal team is looking into legal points of the “resetting” and would protest the NLA’s proposal.