BANGKOK: POLITICS – Five names put forward for EC ‘reset’

Top row, from left: Ruengwit Ketsuwan, Thakorn Tanthasit, Issaree Hansacharoonroj. Bottom: Chompan Sutheerachart, Pracha Terat and the official logo of the Election Commission.


Five names have been put forward to join the seven-seat Election Commission (EC), which will also comprise two candidates appointed by the Supreme Court, as the government seeks to “reset” the committee ahead of next year’s poll.


The selection committee, which is chaired by Supreme Court president Cheep Jullamon, spent eight hours on Tuesday interviewing 15 shortlisted candidates. They were asked to explain their vision for the job and analyse its perceived roles and duties. The panel then chose five — who now need approval from the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) followed by royal endorsement — and explained why certain high-profile candidates failed to make the final cut. Those who were selected won at least two-thirds of the votes.

They are Ruengwit Ketsuwan, former rector of Chaiyaphum Rajabhat University; Thakorn Tanthasit, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission; Issaree Hansacharoonroj, former rector of Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin; Chompan Sutheerachart, head of the Sutheerachart law firm; and Pracha Terat, a former provincial governor.

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BANGKOK POST |  6 Dec 2017 at 04:00 |

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