Southern EC chief resigns

The chief of the provincial election committee in Nakhon Si Thammarat has quit, citing inability to perform of his duty and uncertainty about the protest-dogged electoral process.

Manas Pengsuth told a news conference that he had tried to do his job and fulfill every step required by the law, but had failed due to political conflicts, Daily News online reported.

As a result, he decided on Monday to tender his resignation to the Election Commission

Nakhon Si Thammarat is one of eight provinces where candidate registrations for the Feb 2 election have yet to take place. The others are Chumphon, Surat Thani, Krabi, Trang, Songkhla, Phuket and Phatthalung. Altogether they have 38 constituencies.

The eight southern provinces are all strongholds of the Democrat Party, which is boycotting the Feb 2 poll.

Candidate registration has been uneventful in the rest of the country and in Bangkok, where violent clashes broke out last week during the political party registration phase.

The last day for candidate registrations is Wednesday.

After anti-government protesters in Nakhon Si Thammarat disrupted registration for constituency candidates on Saturday, Mr Manas said he tried to find new registration venues. He contacted several private and state agencies including Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University and local temples, but none cooperated with him.

"They did not want us to use their places [as registration venues] because they feared subsequent effects," he said. "The private sector, which previously allowed us to use their venues, later refused us."

His decision was also based on the fact that officers in the provincial election committee did not cooperate with him. As well, he said, election directors of nine constituencies had resigned on the grounds that they were confused and could not do their work in such a limited time due to vagueness and uncertainty about electoral regulations and orders. 

"I don't want to perform my duty in the midst of social conflict and lack of clarity about the election because this could cause damage to the people and the nation collectively," Mr Manas said.

Reports said four other provincial election commissioners were able to continue their work regularly despite Mr Manas's resignation.

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Discussion 1 : 31/12/2013 at 06:00 PM
It seems you understand nothing to the democracy. Only are desperate those who think they will lost the elections. If the leader of protesters could win with his party, sure BKK would be quiet now. And read about this guy to see what is an expert in corruption
Discussion 2 : 31/12/2013 at 08:12 AM
You must be reading some alternate constitution. I can't find anywhere in the constitution that allows the deposing of an elected government, blocking a free election, taking over government buildings, attacking police, and excluding people from politics based on their family name. This is the constitution designed in part by the very people that now say it is flawed and want a free hand to rewrite the government (again) to suit their purposes. Please provide examples of where the current government has acted outside the constitution.
Discussion 3 : 31/12/2013 at 07:25 AM
It's been said, "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen", Apparently, this old saying applies to the chief of the provincial election committee in Nakhon Si Thammarat, although some additional heat may have come from outside the kitchen.
Discussion 4 : 31/12/2013 at 03:08 AM
Is there nobody realizes that this group of ultra corruptive Pheu Thai people are so desperate for election because thought they can still help themselves in deepening their pockets and family bank accounts. Is this really that difficult to understand why the shinawatra people care less on what people think of them now. They just want to get into parliament to legally siphoning kickbacks into their bank accounts.
Discussion 5 : 31/12/2013 at 03:08 AM
Sounds like someone down south had a gun to Kuhn Manas's head to make a decision like this. "Confused"? Really?
Discussion 6 : 30/12/2013 at 08:02 PM
You need to read the constitution. Whatever the government is they have to abide by the constitution. Otherwise they are not acting within the law. And it is not the government causing the havoc but the lawless. In this case it is not the government. Other areas of misinformation and lack etc like the rice scheme yes there may be all sorts of things. Who knows.
Discussion 7 : 30/12/2013 at 07:38 PM
Only the terrorists and dictators henchmen want to impeach the people to vote. Difficult to understand what is peaceful in such actions, unanimously condemned by the international democratic community.
Discussion 8 : 30/12/2013 at 07:09 PM
This fraudulous government is so eager for their corruption money on feb 3 , they are willing to bring the country to the abyss

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