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06BANGKOK5568 NEW ELECTION COMMISSION CHOSEN; ELECTION DATE WILL BE SET SHORTLY

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/10/2016

TAGS: PGOV, PHUM, TH

SUBJECT: NEW ELECTION COMMISSION CHOSEN; ELECTION DATE WILL

BE SET SHORTLY

 

Classified By: Political Counselor Susan M. Sutton, reason 1.4 (b) (d)

 

1. (C) SUMMARY: The new election commissioners have been

chosen and are expected to meet soon to set an early date for

the new election, which will most likely be held in November.

Overall, the five new EC members are viewed as appropriately

non-partisan. Opposition complaints that the openly

anti-government candidates lost seem to us inappropriate –

after all, the commission is supposed to neutral. The

selection of the Election Commission brings us one important

step closer to the long-awaited new elections. End summary.

 

2. (C) The outgoing Senate has chosen five new members of

the Election Commission, taking another important step toward

resolution of the political impasse here. The Commissioners

will meet later this week to choose a Chairman and are

expected to propose a new election date shortly. While some

opposition groups are campaigning for a top to bottom review

of Election Commission officials in the provinces — which

could take months — most people are expecting the date to be

set for sometime in November.

 

3. (C) The five commissioners were selected from 10

candidates nominated by the Supreme Court, and most of our

opposition contacts said that all were acceptable. One

outspoken government opponent told us that one of the

candidates was extremely corrupt (he lost) and another was a

\”womanizer\” (apparently not a problem — he won a seat.) The

opposition press complained that there was \”block voting\” by

a group of senators who are covert supporters of the Prime

Minister\’s Thai Rak Thai (TRT). (Note: Senators are supposed

to be non-partisan, but a large number were reportedly

co-opted to support TRT — and a smaller number to support

the opposition. End note.) Further demonstrating the new

independence of the high courts, three of the 10 candidates

seemed, if anything, to be inclined against the Prime

Minister\’s party. These included the judge who researched

the case against TRT (for hiring small parties to run in the

April election) and who recommended that the party be

dissolved. None of these \”anti-government\” candidates won.

 

4. (C) Comment: Although there is some kvetching from the

opposition that none of \”their\” three candidates made the

cut, it seems to us fair enough that that candidates with a

track record of opposing TRT were not chosen for the

politically-neutral Election Commission. The new

commissioners were more eagerly awaited that Tom Cruise\’s

baby; they will enjoy at least a brief honeymoon while

everyone rejoices that we are one important step closer to

the new elections.

BOYCE

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Written by thaicables

July 13, 2011 at 5:44 am

Posted in Confidential, Election

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