BANGKOK, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Election Commission has acquitted the Palang Pracharath Party, core of a new coalition government, of charges which could have otherwise warranted the dissolution of the party.
Election Commission Secretary General Charungwit Phumma, who concurrently acts as political party registrar, was quoted on Tuesday as saying the polling agency has ruled the Palang Pracharath Party not guilty of the charges that it threw a costly fund-raising party during the run up to the March election which had been alleged by a political opponent to have violated the law.
The Election Commission ruled that the Palang Pracharath Party's fund-raising event was not considered a sales activity with commercial profits to be raised and shared.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission judged that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha could legally run for post-election prime minister though he was running the country as head of government during his candidacy under the tickets of the Palang Pracharath Party, regarding the constitution's Article 88 and Article 89 and the organic law pertaining to the election of MPs.
According to the secretary general, the polling agency also ruled that Prayut did not practically own any media business though he had opened a Facebook page and an Instagram page during the run up to the election, regarding the constitution's Article 170.
If found guilty of those charges, the party could have been otherwise dissolved at the order of the Constitutional Court.