Varathep: People want election

The fact that candidates were able to register in 72 out of 77 provinces on Saturday shows that most of the country wants the Feb 2 election to go ahead, says Varathep Rattanakorn, caretaker Minister of the Prime Minister's Office.

He said efforts by the Election Commission to hold registrations were blocked by anti-government protesters in just five provinces: Krabi, Phuket, Phatthalung, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat. All are in southern Thailand, the stronghold of the Democrat Party, which is boycotting the vote.

Mr Varathep said members from a total of 53 political parties had participated in the first day of registration to run for constituency seats.

"After today, the Pheu Thai Party is confident that the Feb 2 poll will not be postponed," he said.

He said Election Commission offices in the five southern provinces could request assistance from the police and army if they continued to face obstacles by protesters. He expressed confidence that registration eventually would be able to take place in all provinces. 

Registration of constituency candidates is scheduled to run until Wednesday. Registration

Mr Varathep also said work was continuing to refine details of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's proposal for a national reform council proposal.

He said various organisations had suggested some modifications be made to the draft, which would be revealed to the public before Feb 2.

Ms Yingluck has pledged that the reform council would not be an instrument of the government, but that its recommendations would be acted on by whichever group forms the government after the Feb 2 poll.

However, anti-government groups have rejected the council proposal as a publicity stunt. They continue to insist that the caretaker government must step down and the Feb 2 poll must be cancelled so that a real reform effort can start.

Mr Varathep also lashed out at the Democrat Party's decision to not participate in the election, saying that not accepting the poll as required by democracy makes the party illegitimate, hence not qualified to lead a reform movement.

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Discussion 1 : 29/12/2013 at 10:37 PM
Candidates registering says nothing about voters. Is this man confused? I am only confused about one thing: why this precious idea of democracy should be inseparable from elections, but somehow, not from upholding the rule of law (as in: not having a corrupt convicted felon running the show). Seems a bit specious.
Discussion 2 : 29/12/2013 at 11:36 AM
@RogerRed I don't know if you're trolling or dead-serious, but you sound ignorant. Yes, Suthep isn't winning any votes of confidence, right now, but the current government is in NO WAY a true democracy. Don't blame only the "yellows" for a problem that everyone is a part of.
Discussion 3 : 29/12/2013 at 11:12 AM
ggh is that really going to worry a Thai, they do what the want when they want and their duty is to nobody other than themselves.
Discussion 4 : 29/12/2013 at 10:58 AM
"another election under the same system"? Just what other system exists in a democracy? Yes, yes, I know; PR or AV. Oh, I get it; Suthep's fascism is the new democracy. Little wonder that the world is looking askance at Thailand being wrecked by the yellow bellied bullies.
Discussion 5 : 29/12/2013 at 10:57 AM
Any reform but one man one vote isn't a good reform. The people need to decide if the reform is good or bad by voting on it.
Discussion 6 : 29/12/2013 at 10:08 AM
The purpose of elections isn't to make everyone happy. You need two sides to disagree, otherwise there's no choice of differing policy at the next election! Protest is healthy, coups (armed or stealth) are the problem.
Discussion 7 : 29/12/2013 at 09:54 AM
Thaksin wasn't quite so welcoming when UN wanted to investigate alleged human rights abuses.
Discussion 8 : 29/12/2013 at 09:09 AM
ggh if there is a will there is a way.
Discussion 9 : 29/12/2013 at 09:03 AM
Agreed but do not be sorry they certainly have never been when milking the system,the tax payers.
Discussion 10 : 29/12/2013 at 03:53 AM
Section 72 of the Constitution makes voting compulsory. If citizens choose not to vote in a National election, they risk losing their rite to vote. The election date has been set for Feb 2nd by Royal Decree. Regardless of personal feelings, it is the duty of a qualified person to cast their vote.
Discussion 11 : 29/12/2013 at 02:25 AM
There is no reason why free and fair elections cannot be held. Wholly impartial international observers can assist the process. However Suthep is totally against any such impartial oversight of an election and is on record as stating: 'I don't respect 'farangs'. We do not have to surrender to them," using the Thai word for "WesternerI'. Conversely Thailand welcomed foreign election observers in the 2001 and 2005 during elections won by the pro-Thaksin parties.
Discussion 12 : 29/12/2013 at 01:56 AM
Minister of the PM office giving such a statement really gave great doubts on the quality of the politicians in our country.
Discussion 13 : 29/12/2013 at 01:45 AM
So "most" of the people want the election on Feb 2. That's fine! Let's elect, then there will be no demonstrations anymore and everybody is happy. Or did we forget the remaining (hundreds of) thousands of people who didn't want the election?
Discussion 14 : 28/12/2013 at 11:56 PM
brain washed. 5 get a life
Discussion 15 : 28/12/2013 at 10:36 PM
I will admit that some (I don't know how many) Thais DO want an election, but according to Varathep, only the ones who were able to register for the election want an election (ergo, all Thais want an election). This reminds me of this class I took on fallacies.
Discussion 16 : 28/12/2013 at 10:34 PM
The fact that people in the provinces controlled by Thaksin did not protest against the election, doez NOT mean that all of Thailand is behind the PTP dictatorship. It simply means the UDD/Thaksin intimidation crew is doing it's job.
Discussion 17 : 28/12/2013 at 10:27 PM
Don't worry, ...or do worry a lot, this one's like the rest of that flock, 'biologized' by Thaksin's mighty propaganda machine: the truth is what we say, all the rest are dirty lies...
Discussion 18 : 28/12/2013 at 10:24 PM
But when you are very much 'compromised', like Thaksin's PT, and refuse every form of 'compromise' even when you initiated it, because the results don't fit into your plans, why would anyone with a sound mind want to lose it's shirt and pants attempting to 'compromise' with you? The situation is, very, 'compromised'...
Discussion 19 : 28/12/2013 at 10:17 PM
K Varathep, of course Thais want elections, but free and honest ones, after the reforms, so well past Feb. 2, but of course you PT's first line at the trough can't possibly accept that...
Discussion 20 : 28/12/2013 at 10:15 PM
The PM didn't listen to the recommendations of the expert reconciliation forum she organized, and she refuses to reform corruption out of the election system, after she promised to fight corruption a number of times, so there is a real good chance this new forum is just a publicity stunt, just as the last one was. The more she, and her government talks the more "Square Face" comes to mind. Breaking laws, and telling white lies seems to be the growing legacy of this government.
Discussion 21 : 28/12/2013 at 10:02 PM
This comment is silly. Its provenance is ignorance.
Discussion 22 : 28/12/2013 at 09:54 PM
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's proposal for a national reform council proposal. 1. To Whitewash corrupt politician including Thaksin 2.To Whitewash corrupt politician, return ill gotten assets belong of Thaksin 3. Drop all charges against Shinawatra Family and Clan. 4. repeat and repeat. It will not end fighting between red and oppositions.
Discussion 23 : 28/12/2013 at 09:48 PM
No my dear Varathep, what people want is the end of this puppet and power abusing government. Have you not seen those hundreds of thousands people on the streets in Bangkok? Even in paying your supporters you were never able to mobilize a third of this my dear Varathep. Just open your eyes, ears and heart!
Discussion 24 : 28/12/2013 at 09:48 PM
What nonsense this man talks. People registering shows they want a finger in the pie, not that people want it. Similarly not fielding candidates does not make a party unqualified to lead a reform movement. Pheu-Thai always treat people like they are gullible idiots ... which only works on gullible idiots. Hence all the educated people are on the streets demanding reform. After the recent amnesty bill disgrace, my opinion is that Pheu-Thai are not qualified to lead a country.
Discussion 25 : 28/12/2013 at 09:35 PM
The voter's safety and protection must certainly be considered. If the five southern provinces, or any other places need extra protection, then the military and police need to provide that protection.
Discussion 26 : 28/12/2013 at 09:31 PM
Yup, Rushing back to continue the Amnesty bill, Pledging Rice Scheme, which has already lost approximately between B100,000-200,000Billion Bahts and ended up in Someone's pocket before going to be transferred to you know who, and last the Rapid Transit to Nowhere Project, it is even a bigger Pie. Now, you know why they are so rushing to get back to do what they are good at in the name of Democracy.
Discussion 27 : 28/12/2013 at 09:18 PM
Varathep, are you stupid. No one wants an election but PueyThai. The rest of Thailanders want reform. PueyThai equals Thaksin equals no reform.
Discussion 28 : 28/12/2013 at 09:16 PM
sorry varathep, your puea thaksin regime is going down.
Discussion 29 : 28/12/2013 at 08:48 PM
What school of logic did this character go to. Because people were able to register for the election, it does not necessarily follow that most of the country wants an election.
Discussion 30 : 28/12/2013 at 08:39 PM
Politics is all about compromising. Mr. Suthep should have taken Politics 101. Ah, he did, but prefers the Machiavelli notion of power not the Jeffersonian one. It's a shame.
Discussion 31 : 28/12/2013 at 08:29 PM
Just because candidates were able to register does not mean that the people want an election, it only suggest that the politicians want an election. Let's see what happens when it is time to elect a representative for every constituency, (if an election does actually take place). I think that there is a high probability that there will be a sizeable shortfall, with many seats unfilled. This would mean that the house will not be able to convene to form a government, so we will be back where we are today(short many billions of Baht).
Discussion 32 : 28/12/2013 at 08:22 PM
Ms Yingluck says here party will accept the proposals put forward for reform. Unfortunately her party's track record accepting advice has proved not so good previously why should she be believed now..
Discussion 33 : 28/12/2013 at 08:21 PM
I think that people do want elections, but what is the point of spending Billions of Baht to hold another election under the same system, when the outcome is already a forgone conclusion. We will just be at the same place we are now in another 6 months or 1 year, and therefore only wasted time and money. It is better not to give up for 12 to 18 months, enact much needed reforms, and then hold an election that most people should be able to accept the outcome. Thailand has fallen far behind it's neighbours during the last 8 years of political infighting, so it is well overdue to solve the problems once & for all, instead of bandaid solutions.
Discussion 34 : 28/12/2013 at 08:14 PM
Yep , they do -after reforms. Why, because PTP lies, not once , not twice but all the time-it's in their DNA , they cannot help it - ask Kittirat . Reform first ,

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