Friday, June 22, 2007

Election Law, Roh, and the Constitutional Court - Here we go again

We've been here before. President Roh takes sides about the upcoming election, the election commission intervenes on the basis that he violated the duty of "political neutrality" during elections, and now Roh wants the Constitutional Court to rule on the constitutionality of the law (see here). This is the legal issue that got Roh in impeachment troubles a few years ago (see my previous posts here and here), and it looks like they are rehashing the debate.

Fascinating to observe. The "political neutrality" requirement, to begin with, is a bit startling (imagine the Federal Election Committee telling George W. Bush he cannot campaign for Republican candidates). The public reaction, too, is of interest -- accusations of "insubordination" and "disrespect" for the rule of law are common, and his Constitutional petition, too, seems to be derided by many for being, well, not very presidential.


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