Democrat Party spokesman Buranaj Smutharaks says he opposes an Election Commission investigation into allegations that Yingluck Shinawatra, likely the next prime minister, broke the election law by giving food to voters.
Mr Buranaj yesterday said he disagreed with the EC’s move to investigate an allegation that Ms Yingluck violated election law when she fried noodles and distributed them to voters during a May 31 campaign stop in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Mr Buranaj said cooking in front of voters was a common campaign activity and the leaders of other parties had also done this during their campaigns.
The EC has already received the findings of the investigation into the matter by the Nakhon Ratchasima provincial election commission. The EC is set to consider the case on Tuesday.
Preliminary results from the investigation show Ms Yingluck’s act was not premeditated because a noodle vendor was already cooking when Ms Yingluck arrived and asked if she could help, EC secretary-general Suthipol Thaweechaikarn said.
Still, more witness accounts are needed before the EC can move forward on the case.