Is the Thai Election Commission neutral or bias?

The Election Commission (EC) welcomed a move for dialogue between the two main conflicting groups in Thailand’s four-month political impasse.

EC Chairman Mr. Supachai Somcharoen called on caretaker Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra and anti-democracy movement chief Suthep Thaugsuban to avoid setting preconditions, a critical factor that could jeopardise negotiations.

EC senior member Mr. Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said both sides should discourage their supporters from violent activities. He said that violence will prevent talks.‎

The flip flop stand of the Thailand’s “independent” organisation is met with uncertainty, as critics argue that the EC seems to favour the Democrat Party, the arch foe of the Pheu Thai Party. The neutrality of the EC has been called into question as the organisation have repeatedly discouraged eligible voters to exercise their right to vote at the national poll of February 2. Despite their mandate enshrined in the Thai Constitution, the mass resignation among their officers before the election reflected ‎their true nature which is in support of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) chief, Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban.

‎During the times leading to the national poll, the EC Chairman failed to condemn the violence of PDRC, which led to the deaths and injuries of the members of the Royal Thai Police. Public property was damaged and as a result eligible voters in some provinces feared to come out and vote.

EC must strictly exercise neutrality and transparency to restore public confidence. As an “independent” organisation, the EC must not favour one group and political party over the other. ‎Any acts that show their continuous support to PDRC and Democrat Party, will snowball into the realisation that democratisation of system has failed.

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