Poll venues in South still blocked

The southern region continued to be plagued by protesters Sunday as they again blocked the venues in eight provinces for candidates to register in the constituency polls.

They are Chumphon, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Phuket, Songkhla, Surat Thani and Trang, according to the Election Commission.

Thirty-eight candidates could not register their names in the venues, except for Phuket where one Pheu Thai Party member was successful, EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said.

Protesters locked the registration venues so that election officials and candidates could not go inside or surrounded the places to seal them off from politicians, reporters covering events said.

The EC found no problems in other provinces in the country.

Constituency MP candidates have until Wednesday to apply for the election run.

Mr Puchong warned the protesters of legal action after the deadline if they still tried to derail the registration period.

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Discussion 1 : 01/01/2014 at 11:56 AM
This is the sacrifice they are making in the name of Reform.
Discussion 2 : 30/12/2013 at 08:20 PM
We have the face it. Right now Thailand is a failed State.
Discussion 3 : 30/12/2013 at 11:13 AM
Why the army is not helping the legally elected government and help to get reforms for all Thailand. Suthep is just looking to gain power even he will never have the backing of the big majority of Thai population.
Discussion 4 : 30/12/2013 at 10:47 AM
The Army should protect all registrants against being blocked or harassed by the so-called movement for democracy.
Discussion 5 : 30/12/2013 at 12:14 AM
Throwing out the entire parliamentary government and handing it over to a self appointed secretary general will certainly improve things.
Discussion 6 : 29/12/2013 at 11:07 PM
Isn't it strange, they're blocking government *opposition* candidates from registering in provinces where those candidates would do well at the elections!
Discussion 7 : 29/12/2013 at 10:56 PM
Well, one can see this from a different viewpoint: New elections would be just another carte blanche to go on with corruption and graft for the winning party. Does anybody truly believe new elections will change anything?? I don't.
Discussion 8 : 29/12/2013 at 09:19 PM
Does Thailand have a government? Where is it? This is pure anarchy where anyone do what he or she likes.
Discussion 9 : 29/12/2013 at 08:44 PM
Time to let these violent piratic and thuggish people go. They don't do anything for Thailand except cause misery and shoot their own people.
Discussion 10 : 29/12/2013 at 08:02 PM
If the Army is itching to get involved they should ensure security for the registration and poll venues. They need to side with the legally elected government and not worry about solving Suthep's self created crisis.

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