EC seeks meeting with PM Jan 17

The Election Commission has sent a letter to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra inviting her to talks at the navy meeting hall on Friday, Jan 17, to discuss the problems surrounding the election, election commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said on Thursday.

Mr Somchai, the commissioner in charge of election management, said the meeting is scheduled for 10am.

He said the prime minister had been asked to inform the EC if she was not available for tomorrow's meeting, so the EC could then seek an appointment with her on Monday or Tuesday, or whenever she is available.

If Ms Yingluck assigned someone else to represent her, that person must have the power to make a decision,  otherwise there would be no talks, Mr Somchai said.

The commissioner said there were at least three important legal points for discussion and he would disclose them after a meeting with the caretaker prime minister.

Mr Somchai said the EC also wanted caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan to accompany Ms Yingluck to the meeting because the EC needed  Interior Ministry officials to help organise the election.

"The request for a meeting with the prime minister was agreed by all five EC members, not myself alone.

"We EC members work and decide matters collectively," he said. "The way the prime minister is acting by refusing to meet with the EC and talking to the media instead is not helpful for society. The country is not something to play with.  We have to help one another to bring about peace.

"The government should give due honour to the EC chairman, who is a joint caretaker [of the government]according to the royal decree on a House dissolution.  She should let us know if she has a problem," Mr Somchai said.

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Discussion 1 : 17/01/2014 at 06:46 AM
I think you have it wrong. That force is only given by her brother.
Discussion 2 : 17/01/2014 at 01:40 AM
This EC has been fully engaged in forcing the caretaker government to postpone the election, instead of doing its job to make sure it takes place per the law. And it is undisputed that this Somchai guy from the EC has been doing a much greater job and playing a more important role than Abhisit and Suthep to derail the poll. Therefore, he is the biggest conflict of interest to his duty.
Discussion 3 : 16/01/2014 at 06:51 PM
The EC should be fighting for the people's right to vote instead of trying to derail the election.
Discussion 4 : 16/01/2014 at 06:20 PM
In all their decision, EC commissioners are putting more weigh on political considerations than the well being of people. Unlike the caretaker government when considering the enforcement of rule of law, it put more weigh in the safety & well being of people. Exercising restraint, patience, tolerance, leniency and compassion in the midst of many baseless accusations & plots to seize power from the people. EC commissioners may be guilty of conflict of interest, abused of power and dereliction of duties. They have been talking to the media and disrespecting the people elected PM not the other way round. They act as if they are the government.
Discussion 5 : 16/01/2014 at 05:55 PM
The EC, CC, NACC and other agencies are trying their best to force PM to make "wrong" descission so that they can dissolve PT and ban PM and 300 + MP for at least 5 years.
Discussion 6 : 16/01/2014 at 03:37 PM
I believe that Yingluck has already stated that she will only have dialogue with the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, not with individual members. This to ensure that the EC's views are presented collectively, and not only the opinion or comments of individual Commissioners (such as K. Somchai, who is himself the one who courts media attention and the root cause of the EC's apparent disparity with the Government).

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