EC voices concerns over Feb 2 poll

The Election Commission has called on the caretaker administration and anti-government protesters to hold talks to settle their dispute over whether the Feb 2 general election should be postponed.

The EC made the plea at a press conference in the presence of all five election commissioners, including EC chairman Supachai Somcharoen.

Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said the EC is prepared to hold the election on Feb 2 as scheduled. But he called on representatives from all political groups to hold talks and reach a settlement on whether or not to postpone the vote, to avoid unrest at the polls.

The government and protesters must come to some kind of agreement on the issue to protect the public, he said. 

"It is not the EC's business to say whether the election should be postponed or not," Mr Somchai added.

EC chairman Mr Supachai said the commission has the authority to hold the election, but cannot postpone it.

Thirawat Thirarojwit, a commissioner for party political affairs and public referendums, said the election date has divided opinion since it was set for Feb 2.

If the conflict of opinion is allowed to continue unresolved, the polls may be marred with problems and the election results could be rejected by one or both sides.

The EC believes the caretaker government and anti-government protesters must compromise to find a solution to the issue before the election, Mr Thirawat said.

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Discussion 1 : 20/12/2013 at 12:11 AM
Trying to pass the Amnesty bill for Thaksin, pledging the scandalous Rice Scheme and pushing for Rapid Train Project that is going nowhere which will put the Thai people in debt for over 30years and that is the accomplishment of this government. That is why people are on Streets in Thailand.
Discussion 2 : 19/12/2013 at 07:35 PM
If the will of the thai people is to have a man who has to face serious charges then they will elect the PTP But if their will is not to be held to ransom every time the reds are unhappy with their choice then they will
Discussion 3 : 19/12/2013 at 07:29 PM
@ Phildef Maybe I made my point poorly. I mean't how could you trust these Midnight Cowboys with reforms. Dems did not make the coup , the Army did. The Generals were hopeless at running the county but they got one thing right IMO. They gave the reason for the coup as being "Unendurable Corruption" - thats what we have now isn't it - and isn't it the exact same mob with their hands in the till again.
Discussion 4 : 19/12/2013 at 06:53 PM
To trust the group of protesters, are you meaning? How a sane brain can believe a coup maker and where you saw a coup maker making reforms, if not authoritatively, against the people? In democracy, the reforms and laws are the job of the representatives of the People. The protesters claims they represent the People, so an election is easy to win for them and to legitimate their "reforms". And more if, as you say, the other part "cheated" the electors.
Discussion 5 : 19/12/2013 at 06:41 PM
Delay or cancelling elections = coup.......Another headline tells the "USA to butt out".....The same thing can be said here...The EC should butt out and run the election as it is required to do.....The election reality is not something to be negotiated...Parliament is dissolved, an election follows in a prescribed fashion....Telling the Govt. to negotiate with undemocratic coup-mongers is not within an Election Commission purview, in spite of how bad they want a faultless election...That is a Political matter, has been considered and rejected as being unconstitutional....The EC should focus on the vote-buying scourge...That is their purview.
Discussion 6 : 19/12/2013 at 06:29 PM
Why should the elected government hold talks with the man who has yet to confront warrant issues. The election has been called 2 years early to accommodate the Bangkok Elite and the elite media and now they want them to hold off to accommodate the man who has outstanding warrants to be answered. Just get on with the election and let all side make their case. If the will of the thai people is to have a man who has to face serious charges then they will elect the Democrats But if their will is not to be held to ransom every time the Media and the Democrats are unhappy with their choice then they will re-elect the government.
Discussion 7 : 19/12/2013 at 06:21 PM
Good, another sign of common sense coming to the fore. PTP cheated. Clear evidence proves that. The amnesty bill Midnight Cowboy episode and ramrodding the water bill are just two examples. To trust this group with making reforms is liking asking Mr Fox to manage security for a chicken nursery.
Discussion 8 : 19/12/2013 at 06:16 PM
Why don't the EC just do it's job and stop worry about things that does not concern them.
Discussion 9 : 19/12/2013 at 06:15 PM
"...to hold talks to settle whether or not the Feb 2 general election should be postponed". It look same a joke as we know the position of the protesters the willingness to negotiate of their Leader, more comfortable in the art of diktat, It's just to talk, the EC perfectly knows the answer.
Discussion 10 : 19/12/2013 at 06:09 PM
There is no question of Yingluck standind down , or that her caretaker government should make way for Suthep's PDRC appointed government to assume office , as Suthep would like . How long is everyone content for Thailand to remain under a caretaker government ? My feeling is that Suthep's mob will try to disrupt the election whether on 2nd February , six months or a year later . It is better to have the election sooner rather than later , with polling stations well policed . There is a police warrant for Suthep's arrest , so why is he still at large ?
Discussion 11 : 19/12/2013 at 06:06 PM
The results of the elections will be rejected by the looser side.

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