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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