Published on March 27, 2008
The legal advisory panel voted 6-1 for the EC to pursue the dissolution cases against the Chart Thai and Matchima Thipataya parties.
Most of the advisers agreed the MP candidates of the two parties who had violated the electoral law were executive members, and therefore it could be deemed that the parties themselves were involved, said a source.
An EC subcommittee recently advised against pursuing the cases against the two parties, prompting the EC to seek recommendation from its advisory panel.
The Constitution authorises the Constitution Court to rule whether a political party will be disbanded in case the party leader or any of its executive members is found to be aware of or abet electoral fraud by its election candidate.
The People Power Party (PPP) will likely face a similar fate if the Supreme Court endorses the EC's disqualification of its deputy leader Yongyuth Tiyapairat. The EC would then be required by law to file a petition with the Constitution Court to rule whether the PPP should be disbanded.