BANGKOK, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Constituency-based candidate registration for Thailand's upcoming Feb. 2 general election kicked off Saturday amid blockage from anti-government protesters.
The constituency registration is expected to last through Jan. 1 while the party-list candidate registration concluded on Friday with 45 political parties having their lists submitted.
Registration in 32 constituencies in six southern provinces was suspended due to attempts by protesters to block candidates from submitting their applications, the Election Commission (EC) was quoted by the Nation newspaper as saying.
According to the EC, 343 of 375 constituencies in other provinces proceeded with the registrations.
Election officials in the southern province of Chumphon have resigned, according to EC member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn.
The EC earlier suggested the caretaker government postpone the election until all sides work through their differences.
Caretaker deputy prime minister Pongthep Thepkanchana said in response that the government has no legal power to delay the election.
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Friday night asked protesters to take a break during the New Year holiday season that runs from Saturday to Jan.1, and then return to stage even more massive rallies to force the caretaker government to step down.
A shooting spree occurred in the wee hours of Saturday morning at a rally site near the Government House, leaving one protester dead and three others injured, according to the Centre for Administration of Peace and Order.
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BANGKOK, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's caretaker government said Thursday that it has no legal power to postpone the general election slated for February 2, 2014 despite anti-government protest which led to deadly clash between demonstrators and police.
In response to the Election Commission's call for delaying the election, deputy prime minister Pongthep Thepkanchana said in a televised address that there is no law allowing the government to do so. Full story