Protests at registration sites in South

Anti-government protesters surrounded constituency candidate registration venues in many southern provinces on Saturday morning in an effort to press the caretaker government to postpone the Feb 2 general election.

Election Commission (EC) member Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said more than 100 demonstrators gathered outside the registration venue in Chumphon but there was no violence.

In Krabi, another group of protesters led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) put up a large "Reform first, then election" sign in front of the election centre, and election officials were unable to get into the venue this morning. No violence was reported.

The general atmosphere at two registration venue in Satun was quiet and there were few protesters. Thanin Jaisamut registered as a candidate for Chartthaipattana while Pol Maj-Gen Pichet Pitisethaphan, a former Pattani police chief, signed up as a candidate for Pheu Thai.

At the registration venue in Nakhon Si Thammarat, protesters used loudspeakers to criticise the government and the EC for not calling off the Feb 2 poll. Party candidates were not able to enter venue as the protesters had completely surrounded the place. The situation has not escalated.

Pol Lt Gen Panya Mamen, commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 8, said he had instructed officers at different registration venues to use non-violent measures against the demonstrators.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 28/12/2013 at 07:02 PM
The more they try to prevent people voting, the more the people in the middle will hate them. I wouldn't be surprised if they lose the governorship of Bangkok.
Discussion 2 : 28/12/2013 at 01:36 PM
Really? Where did I miss that press conference from the authorities showing Sutheps money trail? Oh thats right, there are no authorities in Thailand (well at least Bangkok anyway).
Discussion 3 : 28/12/2013 at 12:18 PM
Suthep,s money trail revealed.
Discussion 4 : 28/12/2013 at 12:11 PM
Reforming Thailand could take decades, even a century. Forget elections if that is your motive.

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