No one's grinning over EC rejection

No one's grinning over EC rejection

"See you in court," activist Sombat Boonngamanong told the Election Commission last week, right after it rejected his bid to register his political party, known in Thai as <i>Krian</i>, meaning firebrand.

According to Mr Sombat's Facebook post, the EC told him his party's name -- which the party chooses to spell in English as "Grin" -- is a problem, with negative connotations. The EC claimed the name Krian is against moral principles, the activist said.

In his counter-claim, Mr Sombat criticised the EC for its narrow interpretation of his party's name. In other words it's just an imaginary thing. Krian, the activist insisted, can also mean "short, tidy, fitted and clean." He vowed to take the case to the Administrative Court.

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Ploenpote Atthakor

Former editorial page Editor

Ploenpote Atthakor is former editorial pages editor, Bangkok Post.

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