A former MP has filed a complaint against another politician for using a photo of him to mock him in a campaign poster. The image shows former ruling Palang Pracharath party MP Sira Jenjaka under a magnifying glass behind a Move Forward party candidate with a message calling for volunteers to help catch those who cheated in the polls.
Sira is suing Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat for tampering with his photo and using it to mock him, as well as the by-election candidate featured on the campaign poster, Karunpol Thiansuwan, for his involvement.
Sira says the poster is a violation of the law on the election of deputies, adding that he has hired a lawyer and will file a complaint with the electoral commission. He says he plans to demand a total of 50 million baht in damages from Pita and Karunpol, and will defend his reputation.
Pheu Thai party director for Ward 9 by-election Sorawong Thienthong said the party will send observers to monitor the 280 polling stations in the ward.
This is far from the first time opponents of the Move Forward party have taken legal action against its members. In September, the Thai military filed a complaint against MP Nattacha Boonchaiinsawat, a party member, accusing him of producing false documents. The documents were titled “Royal Thai Army Information Operation”. The military alleged that the document misspelled the commander’s name and that the signatures were not real, saying such errors would not have occurred if the documents were genuine.
Sira lost his seat after the Constitutional Court’s ruling last December that said he was not qualified to serve because he had been convicted of fraud in 1995. According to the Bangkok Post, Thailand’s constitution prohibits those who have been convicted in a criminal case in Thailand to run for a seat in the House of Representatives.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post