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Thai polling agency to propose six-month delay for Feb. 2 election

English.news.cn   2014-01-27 16:38:50

BANGKOK, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Thai Election Commission (EC) said on Monday that it would propose a six-month delay for the Feb. 2 general election at the meeting with acting premier Yingluck Shinawatra scheduled for Tuesday.

The two sides will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at a venue yet to be fixed, Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, commissioner in charge of election management, was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying.

The six-month postponement was said to be considerably long enough for a caretaking government to reign.

Somchai also said the election should be started all over again and the results of the advance voting should be canceled.

The EC has persistently urged Yingluck's cabinet to reschedule the general election to avoid anticipated unrests and violence at polling units, especially those in the capital and southern provinces.

Clashes occurred between protesters and pro-government supporters during advance votings on Sunday, resulting in the death of Suthin Tharathin, a core protest leader, and the injury of 13 others.

Thai army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has pledged to closely work with the government-run Center for Managing Peace and Order (CMPO) to further strengthen security.

According to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Erawan Emergency Medical Service Center, clashes between pro-government supporters and protesters since Nov. 30, 2013 have left at least 10 people killed and 571 others injured.

Acting labor minister Chalerm Yoobamrung on Monday warned protesters to stop blocking government offices within 72 hours before an order of raiding takes effect.

Chalerm, who is also director of the CMPO, said protesters would be arrested if they continue blocking government offices but no weapons would be used.


News Analysis: Former Election Commissioner bucks rescheduling of Feb. 2 elections in Thailand

BANGKOK, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- The unrest on Sunday that prompted the Thai authorities to call off the advance voting for MPs in the capital and southern constituencies should not be used as a pretext for the rescheduling of a general election, according to former Election Commissioner Sodsri Satayadham.

Sodsri made her comments in anticipation of Tuesday's decision by acting premier Yingluck Shinawatra and Election Commission Chief Supachai Somcharoen as to whether or not the nationwide polls scheduled on February 2 should be moved to another date following a petition earlier lodged by the polling agency for the Constitutional Court to pass judgment on. Full story

U.S. "deeply troubled" by election-related unrest in Thailand

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The United States was "deeply troubled" by efforts in Thailand to disrupt early voting, the state department said Sunday, calling on all sides to refrain from violence.

"The United States is deeply troubled by efforts to block polls and otherwise prevent voting in Thailand, and by the most recent acts of political violence," State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said in a statement. Full story

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