PT urges big Sunday turnout

Eligible voters should turn out en masse for advance voting on Sunday to assert their demands under the democratic system, Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said on Saturday.

They should turn out to show that the majority of people oppose the ongoing anti-government rallies by protesters of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), led by Suthep Thugsuban, he said.

Mr Prompong urged eligible voters to file complaints with police against anyone obstructing them from exercising constitutional voting rights.

Discussing Friday's Constitution Court ruling that the Feb 2 election could be postponed, the spokesman said his party’s legal team was still discussing the matter.

However, Pheu Thai was stoll moving ahead with the scheduled polls for the moment, he added.

Mr Prompong said that if the election was really postponed, all five members of the Election Commission shold be prepared to answer several questions.

For a start, he said, the EC must ask whether or not the PDRC would end its anti-government rallies, and whether the Democrat Party would again boycott the next election iof a new date is set. As well, the EC needs to explain how it would compensate the damages of 53 political parties filling candidates for MP seats, or take responsibility for their election-related expenses.

Mr Prompong also asked if the government proposes a royal decree to postpone the election, is there any guarantee that the PDRC, the Democrats and the government’s opponents would not file complaints against the government for violating the charter and negligence.

As well, he asked, how would the EC respond to the disappointment of people in 69 provinces, about 48 million, or 92.5% of the population, who had no problem with the planned Feb 2 election and were ready to vote?

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