35 parties sign up, protest blockades

Nine political parties, including Pheu Thai, were able to sign-up for the general election scheduled for Feb 2, 2014, according to Somsak Suriyamongkol, the Election Commission (EC) deputy secretary-general for election administration said.

Mr Somsak said the first political party that sent representatives to sign-up for the election was the New Democrat Party, which arrived the venue around 3am Monday.

The EC had assigned around 40 officials to spend a night at the stadium. 

A total of 26 political parties have filed complaints at Din Daeng police station as they could not get into  the Thai-Japanese sports stadium in Din Daeng on Monday morning, the first day of registration of party-list candidates for the  election.

The commission will later check with police which parties complained they were unable to register to contest the polls.

For those who lodged complaints with police before 8.30am, the EC would consider that they were applying at the same time. 

So far, the EC considered that 35 political parties have already signed up. The EC was expected to draw the ballot numbers today but there is the possibility it may be postponed.

The registration of party party-list candidates ends on Friday.

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Sunday night urged protesters to block the venue to prevent election candidates from registering. 

On Monday morning, groups of protesters blocked five entrances to the stadium, preventing representatives of political parties from entering.

Later, protesters moved to nearby Din Daeng police station where representative of political parties were filing their complaints with the police. 

The EC decided to move election sign-up venue to Din Daeng police station.

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Discussion 1 : 23/12/2013 at 01:22 PM
"none of the other parties could" - then tell the protesers to let them through.
Discussion 2 : 23/12/2013 at 12:40 PM
I pray to the Buddha every morning that no Thais are killed in violence from the political stand-off. On most days, my prayer comes true. Prayer can be a powerful thing, and it is my hope that all Thai monks and visiting monks in Thailand also have such a daily prayer.
Discussion 3 : 23/12/2013 at 11:57 AM
Here, the media and especially the Bangkok Post can make a great contribution to society that can lead to change. 35 political parties set up in this election. Why does the media not a presentation of these parties and an analysis of their party platform. Maybe there are voters who can find new parties to support and perhaps it is possible to find new future leaders in these parties. Now just UDD, PTP and PAD who gets all the attention, and it's not in a positive context.
Discussion 4 : 23/12/2013 at 11:40 AM
not surprising ...common sense is the key word ...EC might have a magic door for the said parties as they are all from the same boat...all they need to say the mantra to pass through these doors is... written in Aesop Fables...Ali Bar Ba and the forty thieves chanting "Open Sessame!!! and the doors will be opened without any obstructions for them to register. So just remember Ali Bar Ba and his gang...What a joke!!!
Discussion 5 : 23/12/2013 at 11:08 AM
Preventing party registration is tantamount to suppressing democracy. This is sad as the alternative is chaos and dictatorship. Mr. Suthep should go on the negotiating table and make a deal. COMPROMISE! In politics you never get ALL you want! You get some and loss some but you must always know when to draw the line, when to compromise and when to take a break and prepare for another battle. You can't dictate your way in politics- it's never about: my way or the highway. Grow up people. Give negotiation a chance.
Discussion 6 : 23/12/2013 at 10:47 AM
Just extremely too peaceful they have been. They don't care about the general election anyway, then why are they so neurotic about the number of the turnout? Deplorable.
Discussion 7 : 23/12/2013 at 10:45 AM
Nui, the old democrats have opted out of the election, one can only hope they stay out , interestingly this article refers to the New Democrats as being the first party to sign up.
Discussion 8 : 23/12/2013 at 10:35 AM
Preventing voting is suppression of democracy no matter how anyone wants to dress it up as something else.
Discussion 9 : 23/12/2013 at 10:17 AM
Brassman, maybe because these 35 parties came at different times. And also, 35 political parties working together to walk through an entrance, well that would be paradoxical!! Answer = Political parties working together?!?! It doesn't happen.
Discussion 10 : 23/12/2013 at 10:11 AM
"Nine political parties, including Pheu Thai, were able to sign-up for the general election scheduled for Feb 2, 2014, according to Somsak Suriyamongkol, the Election Commission (EC) deputy secretary-general". I wonder how that was able to take place, as the protesters surrounded the stadium entrances at midnight, and later the police station where they tried to move the registration to. I bet the parties that registered were all the parties in the coalition the with PTP. I also doubt they registered at the official registration location, and today. How they registered needs to be investigated, because none of the other parties could.
Discussion 11 : 23/12/2013 at 10:07 AM
Out with the old and in with the old. Abused my power, but never mind. Can start again in February.
Discussion 12 : 23/12/2013 at 10:00 AM
This is the irony of the situation. Mr Suthep succeeded on putting the face of corruption on Thaksin (that was not very difficult...) and doing so, becomes a saint in the eyes of the protesters!
Discussion 13 : 23/12/2013 at 09:35 AM
Out with the old and in with new, the election process is the best way forward, it allows all sides a voice in choosing the party that they would like to govern. Those who boycott the elect have no voice.
Discussion 14 : 23/12/2013 at 09:27 AM
EC showed they are willing to take risk even there will be Civil war waiting ahead as long they can get the billion budget out for elections and spend few of it in elections funding and most of it split into their pocket with Yingluck and Taksin blessing and of course part will be send to Dubai etc...Pity to thai tax payers .... PT enjoyed all the corruption........
Discussion 15 : 23/12/2013 at 09:15 AM
Why do these people want to hurt Thailand and the people of Thailand that bad. Why are they having so great damage and prevent democratic elections. I think that over half the people on the streets do not have a clue why they are there, other than that they think they are doing something good because someone said so. Suthep is one of Thailand's most corrupt people in the class with Thaksin. Everyone knows who knows his illegal land transactions in Phuket and his dirty dealings in Bangkok in 2009. Why do people listen to him.
Discussion 16 : 23/12/2013 at 09:11 AM
35 parties? There's only about 30 people blocking each door, why don't they just walk in? They outnumber the anti-democray protestors at this point!

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