Thai Constitutional Court to judge on controversial calculation for party-list MP seats

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-11 21:42:57|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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BANGKOK, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Election Commission has asked the Constitutional Court to judge whether the polling agency can give a Member of Parliament seat each to several parties based on party-list mode which have not had enough votes for it.

The commission said in a statement on Thursday that it has reached a unanimous resolution to have the Constitutional Court deliver a ruling as to whether a party-list MP seat can be constitutionally given to any party which may have failed to gain a minimum of 71,065 votes in the March 24 election.

The threshold is set out of a total of 35.53 million valid votes divided by 500 MPs.

Despite the fact that several splinter parties have reportedly secured less than 71,065 votes each, the Election Commission had considered giving each of them an MP seat to make it a total of 150 MP seats based on proportional party-list mode in addition to 350 MP seats in individual constituency mode.

The EC has found out that there will be less than 150 party-list MP seats if calculated in accordance with articles of the constitution and organic law.