EC presses TV cooking charges against Samak

(BangkokPost.com) - Election Commission (EC) agreed to forward a case against Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on allegations that he violated the charter by hosting two TV cooking shows to the Constitution Court on Wednesday, according to EC secretary-general Suthipol Thaweechaikarn.

The two shows are Chim Pai Bon Pai and Yok Khayong Hok Mong Chao cooking programmes, which are on air on commercial TV.

Article 267 of the constitution strictly prohibits the prime minister from holding any position in a partnership, a company or an organisation carrying out business with a view to sharing profits or income, or being an employee of any person.

Mr Samak earlier told the Election Commission that he appeared in the programme only as an honorary guest, did not sign any contract with the programme producer and did it for free.

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