While the courts do not have the power to forcibly remove the commissioners from office, they have taken a more proactive role [JURIST report] in these elections than ever before, at the request of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej [official profile]. The constitutional court annulled [JURIST report] the results of the April election after finding the Election Commission unconstitutionally organized the elections too soon after Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [official website] dismissed parliament, leaving candidates with little time to prepare campaigns. The court also found that the voting booths did not afford enough privacy to voters. After Thaksin and the election commission arranged for the elections to be scheduled three years earlier than previously anticipated, the opposition party boycotted the polls and asked voters to cast protest votes. AFP has more.
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