Feb 2 poll still on, says EC

The Feb 2 general election will go ahead even if there are no candidates in eight provinces, the Election Commission insists.

The announcement on Friday by EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong ended speculation that polls might be put on hold as street rallies demanding reform before the election intensify.

Protesters have blocked candidate registration in 28 constituencies in eight southern provinces - Surat Thani, Krabi, Trang, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phuket.

The provinces are strongholds of the Democrat Party, which is boycotting the election.

In 347 constituencies in 69 provinces where there were no registration problems, voters will cast ballots for constituency and party-list MPs, Mr Puchong said.

Voters in the eight provinces that have no constituency MP candidates will vote for party-list MPs only, he added.

Whether a government can actually be formed after Feb 2 remains in doubt. The law requires the certification of 95% of the total 500 constituency and list MPs before a House of Representatives meeting can be convened. The absence of 25 or more MPs rules out this possibility.

Constituency candidate registration ended on Thursday and could not be extended, said Mr Puchong.

He also dismissed speculation that the five EC commissioners were planning to resign in order to make continuing preparations for the feb 2 election impossible.

The EC advised candidates unable to register due to the protests to lodge their complaints to the Supreme Court's Election Cases Division.

The EC held talks on Friday with political parties at the Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road about broadcast airtime to be slotted to them for campaign messages.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 04/01/2014 at 11:19 AM
Except in Thailand!
Discussion 2 : 04/01/2014 at 11:15 AM
good to see the dems may regret not fielding canditates
Discussion 3 : 04/01/2014 at 06:55 AM
PDRC may consider to simply seize the ballot boxes right after the polling on 2 February.
Discussion 4 : 03/01/2014 at 08:37 PM
Certainly there will be problems but each person just doing his or her jobs according to the rule of law and everyone will get there. Yes we do listen to the Minority but we will go ahead with the Majority because that is the democracy way for our society.
Discussion 5 : 03/01/2014 at 08:08 PM
let us hope it is otherwise there will be bloodshed.
Discussion 6 : 03/01/2014 at 07:43 PM
The Election is dead in the water.
Discussion 7 : 03/01/2014 at 07:32 PM
If a government cannot be formed after the poll on Feb 2 due to lack of MPs, how soon will byelections be held in constituencies without representation? How long can a caretaker government stay in control, by law?
Discussion 8 : 03/01/2014 at 06:53 PM
We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

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