EC sets date for party numbers draw

The Election Commission has set Thursday, Dec 26 for the drawing of ballots for party positions on the voting papers at the Thailand-Japan sports complex at Din Daeng, commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said on Tuesday.

The drawing, which will begin at 9am, is for a total of 34 political parties which showed up Monday morning before the official registration time to register their candidates in the party-list system. The EC was forced to delay the drawing of the ballot numbers because of the blockade of the stadium, Mr Somchai said. 

The EC decided not to carry out the draw on Wednesday because some leaders of the 34 registered parties live in other provinces and it might not have been able to notify them in time. 

The announcement of the draw came after protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban took the protesters away from the sports stadium to return to the Ratchadamnoen rally site at 5pm after saying the protest movement had successfully got across their “reform-before-election” message to the Election Commission and the caretaker government. 

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Discussion 1 : 25/12/2013 at 01:10 AM
It appears somebody is in control. I wonder what this whole thing has been about. The authorities should start looking at who has profited in the last month. Shorting the Thai Baht and large Stock Trades somebody out there has made a killing on the markets probably billions of baht.
Discussion 2 : 25/12/2013 at 12:14 AM
Something tells me the Suthep was told by someone else either the military or the elite to stop blocking the EC. Also the EC showed me it is very weak and should have come up with other means to enroll the parties, either at another site, online or even another city outside of Bangkok.

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