Senators: New election rules ‘a must’

All political parties should refrain from nominating candidates in the Feb 2 general election until new regulations are finalised and agreed to, the senators for peace group said on Sunday.

Speaking at a news conference at a hotel in Bangkok, the group’s core member and senator for Buriram, Thaweesak Kidbanjong, said his group supports a general election under the democratic system.

However, he said, in order to ensure a smooth poll, all political parties should take a step backward to pave way for peace talks to map out new election rules that are acceptable to all.

Otherwise political turbulence will continue even after the general election as the new government will not be able to perform its duties because the opposition will again take to streets to rally against it, he added.

Mr Thaweesak said the only problem for the moment was that the royal election decree stipulating that a general election be held on Feb 2 is now effective.

A way out is that all parties must stay put and must not file any candidates for any list and constituency MP seats in order to prevent the planned general elections from taking place, he said, adding that whenever an agreement on new election rules is reached, then all political parties can enter into election mode.

By doing it this way, there would be no problem after the election and the new administration would be able to move the country forward, the senator said.

Mr Thaweesak insisted his group, comprising of about 60 senators, would stick to democratic principles and would not act against the laws stipulated under the 2007 Constitution.

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Discussion 1 : 16/12/2013 at 04:01 PM
The Thai people accepted the 2007 Constitution in a national referendum. Why start complaining now?
Discussion 2 : 16/12/2013 at 10:37 AM
This sounds like obstruction of the constitution they made them selves in 2006-2007. And this only proofs that the senate is undemocratic, and maybe the reason for Suthep to be able to do like he is doing.
Discussion 3 : 15/12/2013 at 09:48 PM
There you are, it can be done.
Discussion 4 : 15/12/2013 at 08:39 PM
Why are Suthep and allies so allergic to giving specifics of what changes they want to implement before new elections? Tell us what you're going to do before you take power, please. Or is your goal to gain power, not "reform". A quick Wikipedia read will show that you're not squeeky clean and perhaps not interested in a corruption free government.
Discussion 5 : 15/12/2013 at 07:27 PM
All of them had a chance to actively drive change during the last years.... including SP, AV and the Senators.... why haven't weI heard about initiatives for changing the election system? And, haven't most of the academics who are discussin a postponement of the election proposes to dissolve the house as it shoud lower the pressure?! My conclusion, be carefule with prophets if there are changing their minds every day...
Discussion 6 : 15/12/2013 at 07:20 PM
This being the same Thaweesak Kidbanjong whose career has been promoted by Newin? I'm sure he's another keen anti-corruption advocate. Glad to see the 'good people' are willing to offer their advice.
Discussion 7 : 15/12/2013 at 07:07 PM
They agree without chang the country will not move forward if this be the only way to curb corruption the so be it.The senate stoppe the presant government's attempt to allow a certain Mr T his return but it sounds like some people agree with their underarm covert ways.
Discussion 8 : 15/12/2013 at 05:02 PM
Don't know whether there is a hidden agenda?
Discussion 9 : 15/12/2013 at 05:02 PM
More attempts to delay the election with political games. We already know who the candidates are and the rules for running the election are defined in the 2006 Constitution.
Discussion 10 : 15/12/2013 at 04:44 PM
New rule for GE? Agree now and reject later. It will not work and enforceable when the administration and enforcement of rule law continue to fail.

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