Sunday, January 31, 2010

Democrat Case Delayed Again

EC Chairman Apichart said the review of a case against the Democrat Party would be delayed until next month. They were alleged to have obtained unlawful donations and abused political the party development fund.

The Democrat are accused of having unlawfully received a donation of Bt258 million from TPI Polene. The EC earlier could not make a decision to save their or the democrats lives and voted that Apichart make a final decision.

Is this case being dragged out for all it is worth, out or what?  Apichart is a self proclaimed democrat and has also stated the Democrats were innocent long ago even before initial EC voting.  Giving him the sole discretion to dissolve or to absolve the Democrat Party is like giving the fox the key to the hen house. If it was the PTP you would have had a decision months ago but now with the Democrats the "Judge Roy Bean" approach to dissolutions has suddenly stopped mid track.

The EC does not appear to be working in a transparent manner in this case and it almost seems like they have been told by a higher authority to drag their feet. To have any semblance of that illusive "Rule of Law" that the good PM keeps talking about, but does nothing to provide it, the EC must come to a fair settlement in this case of their already shaky credibility will be totally undermined.

Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying they should dissolve the Democrat party or let them off the hook. What I am saying is that the EC has to come up with a rational reasoning behind their ruling. A ruling with irrational or non believable backing will just stoke the double standard fire which is not good for the country.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Consolidating Our Blogs

We are in the process of consolidating our Blogs from Chiang Mai News Net and Chiang Rai News Net into this Ricefield Radio Thailand blog. It should be easier for us to make updates. If you were trying to access Chiang Mai News Net or Chiang Rai News Net you have been redirected here.

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