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EC’s reform plans seem naive, detrimental to democracy กรกฎาคม 12, 2014

Filed under: Politics,The Nation — sootin claimon @ 5:04 am
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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/ECs-reform-plans-seem-naive-detrimental-to-democra-30238150.html

AFTER looking at the Election Commission (EC)’s proposals for electoral reform, I wonder if the commission’s way of thinking might end up being problematic and whether it will pose an obstruction to democracy.

Several suggestions offered by EC officials show that the agency might be pretending to know more than it actually does.

The proposal that has received the strongest blast is for a change in the constituency election system from a single MPs to multiple MPs per constituency.

This nitty-gritty issue has been debated at length since 1997. Even though the 2007 Constitution opted for a three-MPs-per-constituency system, every political party and democracy advocate agrees that the most suitable system for the country is the single-MP per constituency, which enables election officials to draw a smaller electoral area.

The reason is that with a large electoral area, parliamentary candidates with more money have more opportunities to win. Candidates have to spend millions of baht to campaign effectively in a large constituency. It is almost impossible for a candidate to connect with all electors in a large constituency – so he or she has to seek help from canvassers to woo votes.

It is common that canvassers tend to help the candidate who gives them more money. As long as election officials close their eyes and ears to this fundamental truth, elections can never be an instrument to make democracy flourish – but merely a tool for “money politics” to thrive.

The EC’s claim that its proposal helps ensure a free and fair election is without basis in reason or fact.

The proposal attacked by politicians as making EC officials “look like amateurs” is the one that would limit MPs to two consecutive four-year terms. Critics wonder on what grounds the EC has come up with such an absurd proposal.

Although limiting terms would help prevent politicians from becoming power-drunk and clinging to office, this rule is applied only to officials in the executive branch, and not MPs, who are direct representatives of the people. The EC should have realised that not all MPs belong to the government camp. Many must carry out the government-checking role in the opposition camp.

The EC appears naive with its autocratic proposal to make it more difficult to set up a political party that is easier to disband. To strengthen democracy is to make it easy to establish a party.

The EC has proposed that registering a new party should require 5,000 members and a set-up of four provincial branches, whereas earlier only 15 people could register a new party and provincial branches could be set up later, within the next 180 days.

On the other hand, the agency can dissolve any party if it fails to submit meeting reports regularly.

The proposal to empower the EC to be solely responsible for scheduling an election date is seen as an attempt to flex its authoritarian muscles. Such a move would present an obstacle to democracy if the EC is not politically neutral and defers an election in favour of a particular political camp.

What is perceived as even more detrimental to democracy is the proposal to allow the EC to decide which populist policies would cause damage to the country.

The people’s power would be stolen in broad daylight if this were allowed.

The people must be given a chance to learn through a democratic process what policies are truly beneficial to them and whether or not they are sustainable in the long term.

To prevent loss or damage incurred from policy corruption, the EC should come up with a strong checking mechanism, and not abort unborn policies designed by politicians.

To sum up, I wonder if the EC is working along democratic principles or if it is pulling the country back.

 

Police nab suspect in killing of anti-Thaksin activist

Filed under: Politics,The Nation — sootin claimon @ 4:59 am
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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Police-nab-suspect-in-killing-of-anti-Thaksin-acti-30238151.html

THE GUNMAN suspected of killing Suthin Taratin, who led a rally against advance voting in January, was arrested on Tuesday at his home in Samut Prakan’s Phra Pradaeng district, police said yesterday.

Surakrit Chaimongkol denied the charge of conspiring to commit murder but admitted that he owned the gun that police suspect was used in the crime, police said.

Leaders of the People’s Army to Overthrow the Thaksin Regime, and Suthin’s mother Saroj, presented flower bouquets to thank Pol General Aek Angsananont, a deputy national police chief, and police in charge of the investigation.

They also brought evidence to show police that Thawatchai Promchan, a core leader of the People’s Army to Overthrow the Thaksin Regime, who had been arrested, had nothing to do with Suthin’s death.

No progress had been made in Suthin’s case in six months under the Yingluck government.

The investigators said they were confident that they had nabbed the gunman after viewing footage from security cameras more than 20 times. They said the killer was 20 metres away.

Surakrit was three metres from Suthin while he was shot.

Police believe the bullet had an upward trajectory, as the bullet hit Suthin in his right chest and passed through his head.

Police checked records and found that the owner of the suspected murder weapon was Surakrit, who belongs to a rival political group.

 

BBC to launch online Thai news service after coup

Filed under: Politics,The Nation — sootin claimon @ 4:56 am
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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/BBC-to-launch-online-Thai-news-service-after-coup-30238176.html

The BBC said Wednesday it will launch a new social media service in Thailand to offer people another source of information at a time when the junta has imposed widespread censorship over domestic media.

The BBC World Service operation will cover local and international news in Thai and English for an initial period of three months, the British broadcaster said, launching on Facebook at 6.30 pm (1130 GMT) Thursday.

Thailand’s military rulers have suspended democracy since seizing power on May 22, imposing martial law, banning public rallies and censoring the media to stifle any dissent.

“One of the fundamental principles of the World Service is to bring impartial and accurate news and to countries when they lack it,” Liliane Landor, head of language services at the BBC World Service, said in a statement.

“We think the time is right to trial a new Thai and English digital stream to bring trusted news and information to people inside Thailand.”

Thai junta spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak said he was happy to help the BBC “better understand the situation in Thailand”.

“We don’t have any problem as long as they don’t send any provocative information that is negative or impacts the stability of the country,” he said.

Last month the junta said it would set up five panels to monitor national and international news organisations as well as social media in its latest attempt to control the press.

The coup in Thailand follows years of political divisions between supporters of fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and a royalist establishment backed by parts of the military and judiciary.

 

Interim charter to be promulgated by July

Filed under: Politics,The Nation — sootin claimon @ 4:55 am
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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Interim-charter-to-be-promulgated-by-July-30238192.html

The draft interim constitution in now in the process of being submitted to His Majesty the King for signing, Assistant Army chief Gen Paibul Khumchaya said on Thursday.

Paibul, who is chief of the legal division of the National Council for Peace and Order, said he did not know how long the process of the submission of the draft would be. But he is certain that the draft will be sent back by the King for promulgation by the end of July.

The interim charter will spell out the authority of the NCPO and the interim administration as well as the composition of the National Legislative Assembly and the Reform Council.

Paibul declined to say whether NCPO chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha would become the interim prime minister following the promulgation of the interim charter.

He also declined to confirm whether Prayuth’s term as Army chief would be extended after he reaches his mandatory retirement at the end of September.

 

Court extends Vorajet’s detention for a third time

Filed under: Politics,The Nation — sootin claimon @ 4:53 am
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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Court-extends-Vorajets-detention-for-a-third-time-30238213.html

Law lecturer Worachet Pakeerut showed up at the military court yesterday after police lodged a petition seeking to extend his detention pending investigation.

The court approved the request, extending his detention by another 12 days until July 22. This is the third time that Worachet’s detention has been extended, and police can only ask for one more extension as suspects can be detained for no more than 48 days in total.

The court also granted Worachet temporary release on bail provided he refrained from staging anti-coup rallies, engaging in politics-related activities or leaving the country. He was taken into custody for failing to obey the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) summons for questioning.

Worachet, who is a key member of the Nitirat Group, has been at the forefront of the anti-lese majeste law movement.

 

EC considers software to ensure fair election

Filed under: Politics,The Nation — sootin claimon @ 4:52 am
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ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/EC-considers-software-to-ensure-fair-election-30238228.html

THE ELECTION Commission is considering a software application developed by an international institute to help reduce the risk of violence as well as prevent fraud and vote-buying in future elections.

Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, an election commissioner, said Thursday that the EC’s relevant units were studying the Electoral Risk Management (ERM) Tool and would present the findings to the commissioners for a final decision within two weeks.

If the EC commissioners approve the software, he said a locally developed version of the program should be available within six months.

The ERM Tool is developed by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, also known as International IDEA. It is designed to enhance users’ capacity to understand risk factors, analyse risk data and take action to prevent and mitigate election-related violence.

The software also accumulates and stores large amounts of qualitative, quantitative and geo-spatial data that can grow from election to election, according to the International IDEA website. This data will enable users to enhance their understanding of critical electoral issues, conduct cross-election analysis, direct electoral reform efforts, as well as plan and implement successive electoral processes.

 

อั้ม พัชราภา”เดินสายวัดกระแสแฟน อีสาน-เหนือ-ใต้ กรกฎาคม 11, 2014

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย-ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์แนวหน้า

http://www.naewna.com/entertain/112074

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