In a message posted on his Facebook page, Mr Nattawut said he understood the EC’s concerns that the Feb 2 national election may lead to unrest.
He also agreed with commisioners' advice that the caretaker government and the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee should hold talks to ensure a smooth election.
However, he did not understand the intention of the five election commissioners when they confirmed they would be fully ready to perform their duties for the planned Feb 2 poll, but at the same time suggested that the PDRC and the caretaker government should not let the Feb 2 election schedule “limit opportunity” in creating understanding among Thais or hinder reconciliation efforts.
He said such an ambiguous remark was detrimental to the current situation, created confusion and would only allow the protesters to politically exploit it.
The EC told a news conference Thursday that holding an election during this time of intense political strife could lead to many people rejecting the poll result and there was a legal possibility to set the new election schedule if the “political sector” reaches an agreement that Feb 2 is not an appropriate date.
“The EC will better make clear how it will postpone the election. Who will cancel the royal decree and how?
"And if the decree has been abolished, who will cancel section 108 [of the Constitution] that states that polls must be held between 45 and 60 days after the royal endorsement to dissolve parliament is published in the Royal Gazette?,” Mr Nattawut said.
Mr Nattawut also accused the EC of siding with the protesters. “I wonder if some election commissioners have been watching Blue Sky channel more than provisions and actual facts,” he added.