Somchai: Election can be postponed

The Election Commission is able to postpone the planned Feb 2 general election if any violence occurs, Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, the commissioner for electoral management, said on Tuesday.

Speaking in an interview with INN news agency, Mr Somchai insisted that it is not essential that the polls take place on Feb 2 as set down in the royal decree on the election.

The EC is mindful of the need for peace in the country and would never hold an election that could lead to bloodshed, he said.

The commissioner also affirmed that the EC will not use the offices of local police or the military as centres for constituency MP candidate registration in trouble-ridden provinces, for fear of violent clashes between state authorities and anti-election protesters, which could escalate to riot.

The EC is scheduled to meet with three key executive members of the main opposition Democrat Party later today to discuss ways for a smooth election, he added.

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Discussion 1 : 01/01/2014 at 03:57 PM
Dream on.
Discussion 2 : 01/01/2014 at 11:43 AM
Don't worry. When the Thaksin clan are finally gone Thailand will bloom anew.
Discussion 3 : 01/01/2014 at 09:05 AM
'hardcore protesters' are you kidding? am sure you did not witness the marches they are everyday people of different classes who are showing the government they are fedup of all the corruption (massive) they are not the hardcore, paid hooligans of the Reds paid by the government to protest!
Discussion 4 : 01/01/2014 at 06:39 AM
isnt it so obvious... Mr Somchai pretty much told Suthep that he has to get more violent so the election commision can have an excuse to postpone the election... Can Mr Somchai be arrested for scheming with Suthep to post pon the election?
Discussion 5 : 31/12/2013 at 05:20 PM
its such a sad story. my heart bleeds for thailand..
Discussion 6 : 31/12/2013 at 03:34 PM
It would be more shameful for Somchai to bow to the dictator from Dubai
Discussion 7 : 31/12/2013 at 02:47 PM
What do you expect their track record says everything ,From whit lies to cannot tell you because it is classified.to changind an agreed mandate.
Discussion 8 : 31/12/2013 at 02:42 PM
where there is a will there is a way.
Discussion 9 : 31/12/2013 at 02:28 PM
And guess what will happen now. Khun Somchai has just given suthep the way forward. Violence. And just why is he meeting the democrats? They aren't taking part. This nonsense is so transparent. Anyone with a scintilla of intelligence can see what is happening.
Discussion 10 : 31/12/2013 at 02:17 PM
The Ec's inconstancy is an invitation to riot. A few hundred hardcore protesters, ready for violence, will be enough to revoke the civil rights of Thai citizens.
Discussion 11 : 31/12/2013 at 02:11 PM
EC good logic. So if there is trouble it will be up the road away from Police and Military bases.
Discussion 12 : 31/12/2013 at 12:18 PM
Hard to tell who's telling the truth. But I'd put more credibility in this announcement than any one from the government, as all of their jobs are at stake.
Discussion 13 : 31/12/2013 at 12:05 PM
So they will wait for more violence to happen, and only then they might consider postponing the elections?? wow!
Discussion 14 : 31/12/2013 at 11:55 AM
But it will be very shameful for "Somchai" to postpone the election because a few cowards, who are afraid of election, and desperately boycotting and blocking the election.
Discussion 15 : 31/12/2013 at 11:37 AM
one day yes ... next day no....tommorrow maybe ... TIT
Discussion 16 : 31/12/2013 at 11:36 AM
So the caretaker government has been lying all the time by saying that the election date cannot be changed!!!!

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