Court: Election can be postponed

The Constitution Court unanimously ruled on Friday that the general election, scheduled for Feb 2, can be postponed, reports said.

The court also voted seven to one that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should discuss a new polling date with Election Commission (EC) chairman Supachai Somcharoen.

One of the nine judges was absent from the session.

The EC requested the ruling, arguing that it cannot hold safe and successful elections in the current political situation, after nearly three months of street demonstrations against the government.

However, the caretaker government has argued the ballot cannot be put off on the grounds that the constitution would only allow such a delay under abnormal circumstances, such as a natural disaster or civil war.

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Discussion 1 : 25/01/2014 at 03:00 AM
I expected the right decision and it was had
Discussion 2 : 25/01/2014 at 01:53 AM
And the ruling was for the caretaker government to negotiate with the EC. All I've heard so far is the caretaker government saying it can't be postponed. Obviously, this wasn't true.
Discussion 3 : 24/01/2014 at 10:40 PM
They aren't going to stop. They will take this as a sign they can prevent an election date set in accordance with the constitution and that they can bend the rules as and when needed. If and when a new date is set, we will have this same nonsense again. Suthep has already said he wont' compromise. Believe him.
Discussion 4 : 24/01/2014 at 08:59 PM
The constution is clear on this matter. I understand that the CC says it's OK not to act according to the Constitution?
Discussion 5 : 24/01/2014 at 08:21 PM
Don't you mean the rules only apply when the PTP is forced by the courts to follow the rules.
Discussion 6 : 24/01/2014 at 07:56 PM
As he's not running for election does he need one. The reform details will be outlined in due course i imagine. People are following the PDRC because they have enough numbers and backing to begin to facilitate a change for the better. Remember their aim is reform primarily, without an election they'd have zero legitimacy to govern anything once a reform package has been agreed. For the record I think it is wrong that the PDRC think they should call the shots on reform. Mediation is needed so ideas can be shared sensibly
Discussion 7 : 24/01/2014 at 07:44 PM
Yes, he is following the UNCAC guidelines to end corruption. They are recognized as the most comprehensive universally accepted guidelines for governmental, and private corruption control.
Discussion 8 : 24/01/2014 at 06:28 PM
As usual, the rules apply only when they're convenient.
Discussion 9 : 24/01/2014 at 06:21 PM
Did they cite a provision of the constitution that says it can be postponed?
Discussion 10 : 24/01/2014 at 06:16 PM
To postpone would be a good thing if the whistlers stop to block the country and the institutions and talk to obtain compromise. It would be win/win. Everybody now must work for Thailand. Postpone if you find a compromise but go to vote to engage your reform. The Thai people want to choose their representatives as a poll shown today.
Discussion 11 : 24/01/2014 at 06:10 PM
hahaha...why am I not surprised??
Discussion 12 : 24/01/2014 at 06:09 PM
That was not the question that was asked to the Constitution court. The question was who has the power to rule on changing the date of the election. So if it can be changed who can change the date the Gov or the EC?
Discussion 13 : 24/01/2014 at 06:05 PM
Has anyone seen Suthep's master plan to end corruption or even curb corruption? His Plan A and Plan B were ridiculous. Unless I'm missing something, I don't see what he brings to the table other than letting his team feed at the trough for a bit. Why are people following him? Seriously.
Discussion 14 : 24/01/2014 at 06:01 PM
As a foreigner I am used to speak my mind, and for me Madame Pu is such a natural desaster for Thailand, thus completely justifying the postponement of the general election.
Discussion 15 : 24/01/2014 at 06:00 PM
When this is over, and it will be, many people will be hanging their heads in shame.
Discussion 16 : 24/01/2014 at 05:57 PM
"The court also voted seven to one that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should discuss a new polling date with Election Commission (EC) chairman Supachai Somcharoen." Was there anyone asked for the courts opinon? Still Yingluck will be the caretaking PM till the election take place.
Discussion 17 : 24/01/2014 at 05:53 PM
We all know she won't call off the elections. She needs the Northern vote now before it slips away. The promise of payment in three weeks to the rice farmers is after the election so you can see what the PTP is hoping for. How they will deal with the inability to get a quorum for the opening session is still up in the air. So let's all wait and see what happens...probably nothing!
Discussion 18 : 24/01/2014 at 05:53 PM
What did you expect?
Discussion 19 : 24/01/2014 at 05:51 PM
Good news, put the election off at least 6 months. What should happen now is, all the parties involved should get around the table, and Talk, no demands, no walking out, act like adults, and put your agenda forward, but be prepared to listen. You must not forget, you decide on the future of this country, and ALL of its people. Afterwards, each party can put there proposals to the people, in new elections.
Discussion 20 : 24/01/2014 at 05:46 PM
Procrastination is the hallmark of Thai bureaucracies, this is why we most likely will not know for sure whether the election will be postponed or not until it is too late.
Discussion 21 : 24/01/2014 at 05:26 PM
All nine judges could have stayed home for this ruling. They could have mailed it in weeks ago.
Discussion 22 : 24/01/2014 at 05:06 PM
At every turn the government lies and is proved to be wrong, they are unable to govern now, they just have to resign. There is no benefit to the country in them hanging onto power. The election should be delayed at least 12 months so the reforms can be put in place. Seems like the PDRC are winning this battle hands down.

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