STR: Call off 'illegitimate' election

The anti-government Student and People Network for Thailand's Reform (STR) on Wednesday demanded the Election Commission (EC) to put the Feb 2 general election on hold until national reform is in place.

STR coordinator Uthai Yodmanee repeated the demand from a loudspeaker truck outside the Thai-Japanese Stadium, the election candidacy registration venue.

He said the demonstrators were not a political mob, they were just people who came together because they wanted reforms to be made before the general election, now scheduled for Feb 2, 2014.

"The people are the ones who will call the election, not the politicians who cheat and embezzle," Mr Uthai said. "We want the EC to call off the election. It is not legitimate and there must be reform first."

He said police and soldiers must stay still because the protesters were not there to hurt anyone, just to tell the EC to set a new election date.

Meanwhile, the protesters led by the STR continued to surround the Sport Building 2 inside the stadium and used steel barricades brought in by authorities to set up a national flag.

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Discussion 1 : 25/12/2013 at 08:42 PM
There are many kinds of government around the world. Representative democracies give their elected officials authority to make decisions for their people. Obviously, this system hasn't been working well in Thailand but neither is it working well here in the USA either. Both countries political parties are polarized with seemingly insurmountable differences. Precious little legislation is being enacted. I really believe a national referendum needs to be held in Thailand before national elections to ask the Thai people which form of government they want. Otherwise, a snap election will only mean MORE OF THE SAME. from iPhone application.
Discussion 2 : 25/12/2013 at 06:12 PM
Students go learn and not interfeer with politics.and wenn you are ready with study help this country..with innovation and infrastructure and energy on long term..not copy everything from abroad..
Discussion 3 : 25/12/2013 at 05:20 PM
While mob rule is legimate and nation election under royal decree is not, these month old adhoc grouping trying to rule the country is preposterous. What is happening to Thailand now is the break down of law and order, free-for-all to rule and everyone wants to rule the country their way, calling for democracy and death to corruption is just an entry requirement.
Discussion 4 : 25/12/2013 at 02:37 PM
It was requested that TS serves his time, and now it is demanded that he and his proxies stay out of politics. But I agree you may have a point.
Discussion 5 : 25/12/2013 at 02:00 PM
Reforming Thailand could take decades even centuries
Discussion 6 : 25/12/2013 at 01:24 PM
Just for once I would like to read of a protest group the "requests" rather than "demands". To me requests opens the possibility of compromises, demands on the other hand are threats, usually accompanied with an "or else" .
Discussion 7 : 25/12/2013 at 01:02 PM
Cheers to that !

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