EC still waiting for govt response

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday said the caretaker government had yet to respond to its invitation to a meeting tomorrow to discuss the proposed deferment of the Feb 2 general election.

At a press conference attended by all five election commissioners, Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, who supervises the administration of the poll, made a phone call to Suranand Vejjajiva, the caretaker prime minister's secretary-general, and caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana in front of the press. But neither of them answered his call. 

“If they don’t answer today, we will invite them again on Friday. If no answer again we invite them on Saturday.” Mr Somchai said. 

“If we talk and can agree on legal aspects, the problem will be resolved. If not, [we will] forward the differences to the Constitution Court to interpret.” 

Participants at a government-sponsored meeting on Wednesday generally agreed the Feb 2 general election should not be postponed and that the government had no authority to change it.

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Discussion 1 : 16/01/2014 at 10:21 AM
The PM is still waiting for big brother's answer too...
Discussion 2 : 16/01/2014 at 12:23 AM
I doubt the PTP will pay for anything. Every country I've lived in the tax payers not the politicians pay for everything done in government.
Discussion 3 : 16/01/2014 at 12:17 AM
Sorry, The EC does not have that capacity under the Constitution.
Discussion 4 : 15/01/2014 at 09:47 PM
The current fiasco stemmed from the P.T. party putting the welfare of their fugitive leader above the interests of the Thai people, including some of their main red shirt supporters. The P.T party have been warned that their current insistence on an election on Feb 2nd will be a waste of the country's money because under the present constitution their will be insufficient members of the legislature for a government to be formed. Like it or not that is what the current laws state. So surely the P.T party will have to stand the cost of any monies wasted on an election under those circumstances.
Discussion 5 : 15/01/2014 at 09:43 PM
It is clearly that EC don't know what are their responsibility and their authority. EC have full authority to postpone the election without asking anyone opinion if there is at least a problem existing so why ask the government since the government have nothing to do with the election. EC can say YES election or NO election, period.
Discussion 6 : 15/01/2014 at 09:01 PM
Well they are probably going to have a long wait! The PM has already announced that the poll will go ahead as scheduled after her meeting today. It would appear that the EC, along with the Constitution Court, are non entities as far as the PTP is concerned. They need to get this done with so they can figure out how to save their skins from the NACC and the charges looming over the "Rice Scheme." They also still have the 308 MPs on hold pending another decision. I'm sure they can get elected, form a government and pass legislature to clear themsleves before the dust settles.

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