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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Discussion 1 : 25/01/2014 at 06:33 PM
The 2007 Constitution states that those who do not vote are banned from running for office. This includes all executives of the Democrat Party.
Discussion 2 : 25/01/2014 at 06:33 PM
more PT math....I bet there are not 48 million voters in all of thailand ..let alone in 69 provinces....and last I checked 48 million was not 92.5 % of 65 million
Discussion 3 : 25/01/2014 at 05:30 PM
Don't rely on the rice farmers Mr Prompong and the rubber farmers are not so happy either..
Discussion 4 : 25/01/2014 at 04:43 PM
Mr. Prompong needs to check his math. Not sure how he reasons that 48 million people is 92.5% of population unless he somehow thinks Thailand has only 51.9 million people. Moreover, many of the protestors at the rallies are from outside of Bangkok including the North and Northeast. I have many friends from these regions who attend the protests consistently. Many others upcountry are also likely to prefer reform before election, so perhaps he should discuss that option with them before adding them to the list who are anxious to vote now.
Discussion 5 : 25/01/2014 at 04:16 PM
Yingluck Shinawatra has made repeated calls to search for compromise and propose solutions. All adamantly turned down. You expect Mr. Prompong to start and maintain the "dialogue" on his own talking to a mirror? His remarks now are to move forward to the scheduled election and the process of enabling the government with the authority to deal with the countries problems including the rice program. Plenty of time to discuss the many questions after that has been achieved.
Discussion 6 : 25/01/2014 at 03:35 PM
My suggestion is for the voters to send a clear message to the PT that business as usual is no more accepted, which includes the secrecy and lies about the mind boggling corruption perpetrated. No more 04.30 AM stealth meetings thumping the collective PT nose at all voters in Thailand. Any answer on that Prompong?
Discussion 7 : 25/01/2014 at 03:31 PM
Mr. Prompong exemplifies the worst of Thai politics and everything that is wrong with Pheu Thai. Instead of using this period to search for compromise and propose solutions, he uses it to blame others and attack his perceived enemies without accepting any responsibility. You and your and your party are not blameless in this, Mr. Prompong. There are many questions you and your party also have not answered - and refuse to. Such as how much money have you lost on the rice programme and how much was lost to corruption?
Discussion 8 : 25/01/2014 at 03:05 PM
At last we are beginning to hear the voice of the majority.
Discussion 9 : 25/01/2014 at 02:40 PM
Has Prompong actually asked all 48 million or 92.5% of Thais what they think? Perhaps he should offer them the courtesy of being asked before he claims to know what they are thinking.
Discussion 10 : 25/01/2014 at 02:31 PM
Bravo! Mr. Prompong. And excellent questions for the EC. They can start contemplating them in advance, no need to wait for a postponement.

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