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Students launch campaign to impeach EC

BANGKOK: Students from nine universities across the country launched a petition yesterday (Mar 28) to demand the impeachment of the Election Commission (EC), accusing it of mishandling Sunday’s election, in light of reports of alleged poll irregularities.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 29 March 2019, 10:13AM


Chulalongkorn University students use their mobile phones to scan bar codes to sign an online petition pressing for the impeachment of the poll commissioners due to alleged mistakes in organising the general election. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

Chulalongkorn University students use their mobile phones to scan bar codes to sign an online petition pressing for the impeachment of the poll commissioners due to alleged mistakes in organising the general election. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

Calling themselves “The New Generation People for Social Change”, the students have invited members of the public, as well as students, to sign in support of impeachment via the change.org website. (See petition here.)

It was reported that more than 800,000 people have already signed the petition, including voters in New Zealand whose ballots were invalidated. Meanwhile, across nine university campuses, tables have also been set up on campuses to allow students to sign.

The nine universities taking part in the impeachment campaign include Chulalongkorn, Thammasat (Rangsit campus), King Mongkut Institute of Technology (Thon Buri campus), Kasetsart (Bang Khen campus), Chiang Mai, Naresuan, Burapha, Prince of Songkla (Pattani campus) and Rajabhat Rachanakharin.

Thanawat Wongchai, a former president of the Chulalongkorn University Student Council who started the campaign, said he has already received hundreds of written submissions, adding that after receiving legal advice, he and his friends decided to have a hard copy petition in addition to the online one.

“We need at least 20,000 written submissions,” he said.

The Thammasat University Student Union also issued a statement saying that commission officials must be investigated because their sloppy procedures resulted in ambiguous election results, while the Chulalongkorn University Student Council issued a statement demanding an explanation from the EC about widespread allegations of irregularities.

There were also reports that student campaigners at Kasetsart University (KU) Bangkhen Campus yesterday were barred by the university from campaigning and collecting signatures from other students.

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One lecturer posted a video and photos showing a group of campaigners being stopped by plainclothes police officers and the university’s security guards. As a result, campaigners were forced to campaign outside the university instead.

KU rector Jongrak Watcharinrat later said he did not know about the incident and insisted that students have the right to hold any campaign on the campus as long as it’s not against the law.

Meanwhile, Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam said the impeachment process would be long as the Senate is required by law to forward the case to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

If the commission finds sufficient evidence, the Senate will decide whether to remove the accused officials.

 

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Kurt | 30 March 2019 - 18:37:29

That the world gets smaller and smaller due to iPhones, ever see a thai student without one?, means they able to develop more social, cosmopolitical and global thinking/skills..  Your question about my iPhone is strange in this context, not even rhetorical. In 2019 27.14% of the thai have a iPhone. Sharing it in a household means 54. 28% of the Thai have global access!

DeKaaskopp | 29 March 2019 - 15:43:08

"and I-Phones are so very informing what is real going on" Instead of asking all kind of questions on here all the time,why don't you use your "I-Phone"if it is so informing?

Kurt | 29 March 2019 - 10:55:03

The 'old gard' 70+ junta rulers will not have the right answer on this. They not ( or will not accept) understand it, not keeping up with change of times, not understand that international media and iPhone are so very informing what is real going on. Repressing by plain clothes police ( why plain clothes?) and security guards ( who have no right at all!) will work contra productive.

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