EC: Election will cost B3.8 billion

A budget of 3.8 billion baht will be allocated for the Feb 2 general election, Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said on Tuesday.

Mr Puchong said party-list candidate registration will be from Dec 23 to 27, and constituency candidate registration from Dec 28 to Jan 1. The date for advance voting is set for Jan 26.

There are 48 million eligible voters  for this election, he said.

During election campaigning, the caretaker government must consult with the EC before transferring high-level government officials and it must not budget in ways that would be binding on the next administration, he said.

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Discussion 1 : 10/12/2013 at 08:41 PM
True jakeBDR529. That was the last tariff in my moobahn, B500/person. Maybe the price will increase for the Feb. election.
Discussion 2 : 10/12/2013 at 08:21 PM
Some local elections should be called first then a national one just to see how the results differ to get a true reading on how people will really vote..
Discussion 3 : 10/12/2013 at 05:12 PM
P.S.: It's 3.8 (three point eight), not 38Billion, anyway... Underpriced democracy then?
Discussion 4 : 10/12/2013 at 05:11 PM
It'd be cheap, when it would really, truly, be for democracy, but as it's not, and cannot be, by any mean, as long as any Shin or 'associate' is around, they might as well save, and invest it in creating the concept for a totally new, decent, educatio-far-all system...
Discussion 5 : 10/12/2013 at 05:08 PM
All elections are influenced by dedicated supporters. The amount of dedication is representative of the amount of money paid. Has Jimmy Carter been invited to oversee the amount of corruption?
Discussion 6 : 10/12/2013 at 05:01 PM
Would you agree to have a Thai federation, composed of three entities: Central, North+East, South? That could IMO be 'the' solution. But then, where will all the Billions of Baht need to come from, to 'finance' North+East: the hand-outs, buy-offs, silly populist schemes, ...and the corruption all the shady characters in and around PTP &Co thrive on?
Discussion 7 : 10/12/2013 at 04:38 PM
One % of the graft from the flood prevention not a bad exchange I would say.
Discussion 8 : 10/12/2013 at 04:15 PM
Abhisit and Suthep (and thus Democrat Party) are as much hated by half of the country as the Shinawat family (and PTP) are in Bangkok and in the south. If they would consider to disappear altogether from the political stage, that could eventually lead to reconciliation and new more balanced elections and politics in future. Unfortunately both sides stick to power and stir up the masses against their opposition without regards to the country nor the people.
Discussion 9 : 10/12/2013 at 04:14 PM
3.8bn? That's cheap, 79 Baht/per person - Thaksin pays 500 per person :)
Discussion 10 : 10/12/2013 at 03:46 PM
Suterp and Dem Party should foot the bill.
Discussion 11 : 10/12/2013 at 03:40 PM
"A budget of 38 billion baht will be allocated for the Feb 2 general election, Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said on Tuesday." There are 48 million eligible voters - assuming that they all go to the poll, each ballot costs 791 baht. Isn't that an overpriced democracy?
Discussion 12 : 10/12/2013 at 03:20 PM
So just under a 1000 Baht per person!
Discussion 13 : 10/12/2013 at 02:49 PM
That is way too much money and so much hassle and as we all know Thais don’t really care about democracy. Let Abhisit be the next PM, problem solved :)
Discussion 14 : 10/12/2013 at 02:42 PM
just a drop in the ocean ,compared to the billions lost in the vote buying rice scam

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