EC wants election postponed

The Election Commission (EC) on Friday submitted an urgent letter to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra asking that she consider issuing a royal decree postponing the Feb 2 polls, reports said.

The letter, signed by five commissioners, said it was clear that a Feb 2 election could lead to several problems.

It warned that the new House of Representatives may not be able to convene after the election because it was unlikely there would be 95% of the 500 MPs present, as required by the charter.

Holding an election under the current conditions could lead to a huge waste of state funds, while the government has the authority to postpone the election by issuing a royal decree to set a new date for the polls, the letter added.

The Office of the Auditor-General on Thursday requested the EC review plans for the Feb 2 election, saying the polls were highly likely to be a waste of public money.

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

In the letter, the Office of the Auditor-General expressed concern over the use of 3.8 billion baht of state funds to hold the election, and the potential cost to voters, both inside the country and abroad, who will use their own money to travel to polling units.

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

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Discussion 1 : 11/01/2014 at 05:53 AM
john49,i agree,you don't have reforms befor elections,you take it to the voters,let them decide
Discussion 2 : 11/01/2014 at 01:33 AM
If you know that the Feb2 is just a waste of money and will cause more problems, then why do it?
Discussion 3 : 11/01/2014 at 01:02 AM
I say, postpone the election is a great idea and give YS government to defend their performance by disclosing all the details of the policies. Once that is all out the open, then election can happen. I don't think an honest government like YS would mind doing that . And it will be the first step in the reform movement if this can happen. And this will be a compromise for the protester.
Discussion 4 : 10/01/2014 at 11:27 PM
True, if the law was enforced we wouldn't be in this mess in the first place. This is why reform is needed before elections.
Discussion 5 : 10/01/2014 at 05:28 PM
All of the old politicians are useless. Start with a whole new slate of candidates.
Discussion 6 : 10/01/2014 at 04:37 PM
After the election yes, otherwise it will just be Suthep and the democrats and a bunch of dubious judges making the decisions to make sure they win election via force rather than political platforms beneficial to all.
Discussion 7 : 10/01/2014 at 03:34 PM
If the only reason for the delay is to give more time to achieve the 95% then it is a major opportunity wasted.
Discussion 8 : 10/01/2014 at 03:20 PM
Which 5 commissioners, and how many actual commissioners are there?
Discussion 9 : 10/01/2014 at 03:19 PM
It's as if they deliberately want to waste the tax payer's money put of sheer spite, either that or they are living in lal la land
Discussion 10 : 10/01/2014 at 02:45 PM
If anything it is time to start enforcing the law rather than taking the peoples right to vote away.
Discussion 11 : 10/01/2014 at 02:13 PM
If concern about money EC need to send and urgent letter to protesters that already have much more money loss to the people in their cult quest to liberate Thailand from all corruption. It seem to become popular to fight corruption after becoming billionaire.
Discussion 12 : 10/01/2014 at 01:48 PM
Finally, some people in Government who seem to have some common sense. Everything seems to point to a total waste of time, effort, manpower and money in holding an election under the present circumstances. Although these seem to be hallmarks of the PTP it might serve them in good stead to listen to the voice of reason and set this election back until the reforms they keep promising are actually on the table. Wishful thinking I suppose.
Discussion 13 : 10/01/2014 at 01:45 PM
Miss Yingluck has repeatedly told the people of Thailand that she cannot legally postpone the elections and that she cannot legally resign. This should not be forgotten.
Discussion 14 : 10/01/2014 at 01:18 PM
Delaying the polls is a wise idea.
Discussion 15 : 10/01/2014 at 12:53 PM
So who holds the power till anytime another election is held? Caretaker government or people's council of Suthep? That's the crux of the matter.
Discussion 16 : 10/01/2014 at 12:42 PM
At the present time this seems like the only logical answer, although will be interesting to see what the PM does. If she insists on continuing with the Feb 2nd elections, then the whole country should come out against her and the government for blatant waste of state money. Everybody can see that a government cannot be formed so what would be the point of the election.
Discussion 17 : 10/01/2014 at 12:40 PM
Does anyone remember who appointed the EC commisioners?
Discussion 18 : 10/01/2014 at 12:26 PM
First of all the EC is there to make sure the election runs smoothly. What shall Thailand do, wait until Suthep has brought everyone to their knees? - the pan is what, to avoid the forced dissolution of the democrat party as a result of boycotting 2 elections in 8 years? This farce has to end, or...Thailand will.
Discussion 19 : 10/01/2014 at 12:25 PM
The biggest problem are the democats ,as they know will not win election as with the last 23 years of history has proven .
Discussion 20 : 10/01/2014 at 12:23 PM
An opportunity to start a panel to study the changes in the election rules.

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