EC's letter on election to govt Jan 13

The Election Commission is expected to send a letter asking the prime minister to postpone the election from Feb 2 to a later date on Monday, EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said.

Mr Puchong said the EC had agreed to propose that the election be postponed, reaffirming commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn's earlier remark that the poll could be rescheduled for May 4.

However, the letter to the prime minister had not yet been signed and the five EC members would meet on it to discuss it in detail. The letter was expected to be sent to the prime minister no later than Jan 13.

If the government did not agree to the proposal, the EC would have to go ahead with the election on Feb 2, he added.

Mr Puchong said voting outside the country would still be held on Jan 13 as scheduled since the royal decree on the election had not been cancelled.

Since the People's Democratic Reform Committee protesters would lay siege to the government complex at Chaeng Wattana tomorrow, all five EC members would go separately to work in Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan, he said, but did not elaborate.

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