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Thai caretaker PM to be offered extra security on election day

English.news.cn   2014-02-01 18:04:32
 • Yingluck and key cabinet members will be provided with extra security when they go to vote Sunday.
 • The move is intended to protect theses political figures from possible disruption.
 • More than 200,000 police officers will be deployed nationwide on the election day.


BANGKOK, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and a number of key cabinet members will be provided with extra security when they go to vote on Sunday, local media reported Saturday.

The move is intended to protect theses political figures from possible disruption by anti-government protesters who are expected to stage a mass rally on Sunday to block people from casting their votes, police sources were quoted by the Nation newspaper as saying.

Yingluck earlier announced she would exercise her right to vote and urged protesters not to turn Thailand into a seemingly undemocratic country by disrupting the voting procedures.

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday said he would not go to vote on the election day, calling the election " unconstitutional."

But members of the Democrat Party, which has resolved to boycott the election, are free to decide if they will cast ballots or not, according to former Democrat MP Atthawit Suwanphakdi.

More than 200,000 police officers will be deployed nationwide on the election day to maintain law and order, according to assistant national police chief Amnart An-atngam.

In addition, another 7,000 soldiers will assist the police in areas where a 60-day state of emergency has been imposed since Jan. 22, Amnart said.

Sunday's voting will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time, with a total of 93,305 polling stations set up nationwide for 48. 77 million eligible voters from 375 constituencies.

But not all voting results will be known by the end of Sunday, according to election officials.

If protesters manage to force some polling stations to close before 3 p.m., ballots there will not be counted.

Moreover, a new election has been set for Feb. 23 for scores of constituencies where advance voting on Jan. 26 was disrupted by protesters.

As a result, some constituencies will have to wait for all votes to be counted.


Thai Feb. 2 election to be held as scheduled

BANGKOK, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Thai caretaker government has decided that the Feb. 2 general election would be held as scheduled, deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana said Tuesday.

The government will be able to tackle all the problems concerning the election and to postpone it will not be the solution, Phongthep said at a press conference held following a meeting between caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Election Commission (EC) members.Full story

Thai core protest leader shot dead

BANGKOK, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Suthin Tharathin, a core leader of Thailand's anti-government protest, was shot dead on Sunday in Bang Na area in the capital Bangkok, Bangkok Post reported.

Suthin was shot in a clash with pro-government supporters while leading a rally at a polling station set up in the area for the advance voting that proceeded nationwide on Sunday for the Feb. 2 election.Full story

Thai caretaker PM urges military personnel to check voting rights

BANGKOK, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday during a meeting of Defense Council asked the top military brass to instruct military personnel to check their voting rights ahead of the upcoming Feb. 2 election.

The meeting was moved from defense ministry to Royal Thai Air Force headquarters to avoid protesters, reported the Nation newspaper. Full story

Thai advance voting disrupted by protesters

BANGKOK, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's anti-government protesters on Sunday disrupted the advance voting for the Feb. 2 election in the capital Bangkok and several southern provinces.

Because of protesters who have blocked polling stations since the wee hours of Sunday, only seven out of 50 polling stations in Bangkok remained open as of 11 a.m. local time, the Nation newspaper reported. Full story

Editor: Tang Danlu
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