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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