Auditor asks EC to review Feb 2 polls

The Office of the Auditor-General has requested the Election Commission to review plans for the Feb 2 election, saying it might be a waste of money, Pacific News reported on Thursday.

The request was made in an urgent letter to EC chairman Supachai Somcharoen.

In the letter, the Office of the Auditor-General expresses concern over use of  3.8 billion baht of state funds to hold the election and the cost to the voters, both inside the country and abroad, in traveling to polling units.

The letter said there is high possibility that the money would be wasted.

 It suggested the EC think again about the Feb 2 election, to ensure only the best use is made of state funding.

Pacific News is operated by Pacific Intercommunication Co, owned by former anchorman Somkiat Onwimol.  Pacific News also operates Jor Sor 100 radio station.

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Discussion 1 : 09/01/2014 at 10:35 PM
Why do we have to pay 3.8bn to held elections if we know the results already?
Discussion 2 : 09/01/2014 at 06:46 PM
They have been told it must go ahead as planned by the pay master from overseas although it dose look doubtful you must admit.
Discussion 3 : 09/01/2014 at 06:11 PM
PTP just love wasting taxpayers money.....when i say wasting....rediverting to places unknown...
Discussion 4 : 09/01/2014 at 06:03 PM
Far too quiet on the Red Side. Maybe they just letting the coup makers show their complicity to the world. We all watching and all we see in the news is an elite group trying to manipulate public opinion here (they have no chance abroad as everybody knows all about them) through their media that they own.
Discussion 5 : 09/01/2014 at 06:00 PM
To give the word to the people of a country is a waste of money??? The foreign observers must be more than surprised by some Thais with responsibilities. Totally surrealist. The majority want to vote. A small minority want to have the power without vote with the help of the military. It can be a waste of lifes, sir.
Discussion 6 : 09/01/2014 at 05:52 PM
OAG should be reminded that the cost of not holding the election is far more than holding an election. Under the circumstances we are in, I don't think there is any law preventing EC from fixing another date for those who were blocked by people who were disloyal and disrespect the Royal Decree for 2 Feb election.
Discussion 7 : 09/01/2014 at 05:41 PM
In order to minimize the possibility of wasting money. the OAG should ask the EC to set a new registration dates for those who were blocked by thugs during registration. What election law say they should be no extension under the circumstances that EC commissioners had failed to coordinate with local authorities to provide security at registration centers? Many EC official gave up very quickly and allowed thugs to block registration centers. EC commissioners and officials are seem as helping the DEM who are scared of the people's mandate and boycotted the GE. EC is also seems as supporting PDRC's activities of seizing power from the people.
Discussion 8 : 09/01/2014 at 03:16 PM
By the law the EC have no choice but to hold the election. State funding comes from who, tax payers so ask them what they want first.
Discussion 9 : 09/01/2014 at 02:14 PM
for sure its a wast of money and time but since when has PTP ever care about wasting money
Discussion 10 : 09/01/2014 at 02:08 PM
At last someone with a bit of common sense.

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