The Election Commission (EC) of Thailand on Tuesday verified the election result of 358 members of the parliament, or 71.6 percent of the total 500 MPs, but decided not to verify the incoming prime minister (PM) Yingluck Shinawatra and the outgoing PM Abhisit Vejjajiva.
Both Yingluck and Abhisit are facing complaints filed in connection with electoral frauds and EC needs to investigate. Among 358, 249 are from constituency-based system and 109 from party-list.
Some key “Red-shirt” leaders — Jatuporn Prompan, Nutthawut Saikua and Weng Tojirakarn, who are also on Pheu Thai Party’s list, are not yet endorsed by the agency as they also have complaints regarding their qualification.
The EC will set up a sub-committee to finish probes into those complaints within seven days. The commission planned to certify up to 90 percent of MPs within 30 days.
According to the Constitution, the EC has to finish verification of at least 475 MPs, or 95 percent of the overall 500, within 30 days after the election day so that House of the Representatives could be able to convene the first parliamentary meeting.
Most of the 142 others facing complaints about electoral fraud are from the winning Pheu Thai, the runner-up Democrats and the Bhumjaithai.