On 12 July 2011, the Election Commission (EC) officially endorsed 385 elected MP candidates. This includes 109 candidates under the party-list system out of a total of 125 and 249 candidates under the constituency system out of a total of 375. Amongst the 16 elected party-list MP candidates who have yet to be endorsed, 11 were from the Pheu Thai Party, including Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, 3 from the Democrat Party including Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, 1 from the Bhumjaithai Party and 1 from the New Democrat Party. With respect to remaining elected MP candidates who have not yet been endorsed due to election complaints lodged, a subcommittee had been established to conduct investigations into the cases which are expected to be completed by 19 July 2011.
In this connection, on 12 July 2011 the Cabinet approved in principle the Royal Decree to convene the first sitting of the National Assembly. As required by the Constitution of 2007, at least 95 per cent of MPs from the House of Representatives must be constituted. The Decree will then be submitted for royal assent when at least 475 MPs have been endorsed by the EC which is expected by 28 July 2011.
During that meeting, the House of Representatives will vote to select a House Speaker and Deputy House Speakers. According to the Constitution, the House Speaker will have to call a meeting to elect the Prime Minister within 30 days. The Prime Minister will subsequently form the Cabinet by the end of August.