The Election Commission is threatening to sue anyone who claims the agency is responsible for the government's repeated postponement of payments to farmers who sold rice to its price-support scheme.
EC commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn dismissed claims yesterday that the agency barred the government from seeking loans to finance the scheme.
More than a million farmers across the country are owed money under the scheme.
"The EC has no mandate whatsoever on the issue," Somchai said. "It's just that the Constitution prohibits a caretaker government from incurring debts that will affect the next government."
He produced a photo of an Internet message that read: "Why can't farmers get payments from the rice-pledging scheme? The EC tried to prevent the payments."
Somchai's picture was attached to the message.