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Constitutional Court annuls Feb 2 general election

BANGKOK, March 21 – Thailand’s Constitution Court today decided by six against three votes to nullify the Feb 2 general election, reasoning a failure to hold the balloting nationwide on the same day as stipulated by the Constitution.
The six judges who ruled to annul the poll were chief judge Charoon Inthacharn, Charan Pakdithanakul, Nurak Mapraneet, Boonsong Kulbuppa, Supoj Kaimuk and Thaweekiat Meenakanit.
The three others who decided in favour of the validity of the poll were Chat Cholavorn, Udomsak Nitimontri and Chalermpol Ek-uru.
Constitutional Court spokesman Pimol Thampithakpong said the balloting failure in 28 constituencies on Feb 2 was in violation of Section 108 (2) of the Constitution which imposes that the general election must be held nationwide in a single day.
He said the Election Commission petition seeking new elections in 28 constituencies where voting could not take place earlier due to the lack of candidates was automatically invalidated.  
The anti government protesters of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) have blocked candidate registrations in 28 constituencies in eight southern provinces and also caused the forced closure of about 10
per cent of polling stations.

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