37 Surat Thani EC members resign

Thirty seven members of the election committees in six constituencies of Surat Thani province on Tuesday afternoon resigned from their posts under pressure from anti-government protesters.

They include Methee Na Nakhon, chairman of the southern provincial election panel. Only four election members remained to perform their duty.

Mr Methee said in his resignation letter that there was a high risk that the scheduled registration of MP candidates in the province’s six constituencies would turn violent, threatening the safety of election officials and local people.

He had tried his best to hold talks with the protesters to pave the way for a smooth registration, but the attempts failed. Therefore he and others members decided to step down.

Hundreds of protesters, led by about 10 women wearing a cloth covering over their breasts traditional to river people have surrounded the registration centre at the provincial sports stadium for four straight days.

At 2pm Tuesday, about 20 MP candidates of Bhumjaithai and other political parties arrived at the stadium for registration, but were blocked by the anti-election protesters, who shouted and blew whistles at them.

The MP applicants gave up and went to Muang Surat Thani police station to file complaints. There was no violence.

The protesters then moved to rally in front of the Surat Thani provincial hall, to pressure the remaining four EC committee members to resign.

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Discussion 1 : 01/01/2014 at 04:47 PM
don't counts chickens before hatching
Discussion 2 : 01/01/2014 at 04:40 PM
who can guarantee a free and fair election??? Police ? No way or the Army??? the army can make the country safe from cronies only ...
Discussion 3 : 01/01/2014 at 06:26 AM
"The protesters then moved to rally in front of the Surat Thani provincial hall, to pressure the remaining four EC committee members to resign." This is not good. You may not like the present government and you may protest as much as you like; that is your right. But these people are just civil servants. Why should they be forced to sacrifice their jobs, their bread and butter, for YOU and YOUR beliefs?
Discussion 4 : 01/01/2014 at 01:17 AM
It's outrageous. Employ new officials who will do the job. Rather than being paid off by suthep to resign.
Discussion 5 : 31/12/2013 at 10:03 PM
Actually, the rest of the world doesn't care about Thailand. The country is a backwater in just about everything and leads the world in nothing, despite what the locals have been brainwashed to think.
Discussion 6 : 31/12/2013 at 07:47 PM
Yes it does expose them. They are all tired of Shinawatra's and the extreme level of corruption that they have brought to the table... On the other hand the Red Shirts still remain as always, looking for a dirty fight.
Discussion 7 : 31/12/2013 at 07:37 PM
so does that mean neither the police nor the army are willing to carry out their duty to assure free and fair elections in this country? Intimidation by a few brings this country to its knees? Well I would say Thailand has become a failed state joining some African countries then. It is also high time to replace the commanding officers at the very top of both army and police.
Discussion 8 : 31/12/2013 at 07:13 PM
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing, Those who count the votes decide everything." -- Josef Stalin
Discussion 9 : 31/12/2013 at 06:38 PM
Suthep and his followers will enjoy there New Year party tonight,stopping people from doing there duty. And what have we got coming, the control and seizure of Bangkok. One things for sure, Thailand will be the joke of 2014, from around the world, inc ASEAN
Discussion 10 : 31/12/2013 at 06:22 PM
My goodness. How many EC members do we have here in Thailand. Appears to be a lot. I wonder what they do in between elections? I want one of those jobs!!
Discussion 11 : 31/12/2013 at 06:18 PM
"...under pressure from anti-government protesters"....Really?......Not because they are PADocrats pretending to be an Independent Agency?...There was no other way, than resigning?...Everyone knows that where there is a will, there is a way.....Unfortunately Elitists comprise many of these agencies, including the EC.....Resignations such as this, and refusing other alternatives in the face of anti-democratic coup-mongers, exposes them for what they are....
Discussion 12 : 31/12/2013 at 06:08 PM
No election , probable coup, I suggest Thaksin builds that extension to his palace in Dubai ready for the rest of his family to join him soon. Good luck and good riddance Shinawatras the scourge of Thai politics.
Discussion 13 : 31/12/2013 at 05:53 PM
Is the news reported be true? How dare the opposition abruptly pressurized them, these 37 EC , to resign? This will definitely a laughing stock in the eye of the world. Is it a joke? A country is full of uncertainty. Which political direction is the right pave is unknown to all investors. Withdraw or not to withdraw has become a headache to them. They get much pressures. Thai Bath goes downtrend due to uncertainty of political outcomes. If the mass election is called off, the worse economic performance is there waiting to strike.
Discussion 14 : 31/12/2013 at 05:44 PM
Unfortunately, like the army, the EC appears to be too politized to enable the current system to work.
Discussion 15 : 31/12/2013 at 05:44 PM
No suprise here. EC members can be mobilized from provinces that have completed the registration. Only 6 seats so no danger at all to jeopardize the House convening. Impressed that there are 20 other candidates in a Dem Party stronghold. Speaks volume of the effort by others to maintain free election.

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