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Thai court petitioned to nullify Feb. 2 election

English.news.cn   2014-03-07 19:08:49

BANGKOK, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Office of the Ombudsman announced Friday that it had forwarded a petition to the Constitutional Court, asking that the Feb. 2 general election be nullified.

The petition submitted by Kittipong Kamolthamwong, a law lecturer with Thammasat University, was forwarded to the court on Thursday, the office was quoted by the Nation newspaper as saying.

In the petition, Kittipong insisted that the fairness of the election had been undermined, citing reasons such as the failure to finish the poll on a single day as the constitution stipulates and problematic candidacy registration.

Election Commission (EC) member Somchai Srisuttiyakon on Friday said a new round of voting for constituencies in southern provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani had been tentatively set for April 5.

Poll re-runs will also be held on April 26 for constituencies in provinces of Satun, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Phangnga, Chumphon and Ranong, Somchai added.

The provinces are among those where voting on Feb. 2 was disrupted by anti-government protesters.

The dates still need to be approved at an EC meeting to be held next Tuesday, said Somchai.

Editor: Mengjie
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