EC discusses problems with govt

Representatives of the government, led by Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, on Monday met with members of the Election Commission to discuss the blocking of MP candidate registration in eight southern provinces by protesters.

Those attending the meeting included Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana, secretary-general to the prime minister Suranand Vejjajiva, police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, defence permanent secretary Gen Nipat Thonglek and secretary-general of the National Security Council Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut.

The meeting was held at the EC office at the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana road, where they were greeted by the EC secretary general Phuchong Nutrawong.

Constituency MP candidate registration in the eight southern provinces has been temporary cancelled due to pressure by the anti-government protesters, led by provincial leaders of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

The southern provinces where registration has been temporarily cancelled are Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Trang, Krabi and Phuket.

Mr Surapong, also chairman of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo), said after the meeting that the security units proposed the EC use local police and military to secure the registration centres in the eight southern provinces.

He said Capo was ready to ensure law and order is imposed at registration venues.

The Election Commission was discussing whether to comply with the proposal made by the security units.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 31/12/2013 at 12:46 AM
The next leader should be a leader for thailand, not for colours and not for the own pockets.
Discussion 2 : 30/12/2013 at 06:57 PM
You can't replace Yinluck. Replacing her would mean you disappear...
Discussion 3 : 30/12/2013 at 06:52 PM
What if the next great leader to unify the country is a yellow-shirt from Trang? And what if he never gets his chance, because he isn't allowed to register for elections? EC has a job, its defined in the Thai constitution, it has no duty to Suthep's mob, they're not even running in the election.
Discussion 4 : 30/12/2013 at 06:42 PM
Typical Surapong, Only thought are to smash them again and again. He authorised use of high strength tear gas and rubber bullets and now how many are dead . He can run to the embassies to tell all any time but cannot meet Suthep once to sort something. Scary to know this one is Yingluks replacement
Discussion 5 : 30/12/2013 at 05:44 PM
"the security units proposed the EC use local police and military" And if that is not enough, Thaksin could send some reds and in worst case some MIB. Using power is much easyer than listen to the people or try to change something in Thailand.

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