EC chief to meet PM Tuesday

Election Commission chairman Supachai Somcharoen and caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the fate of the Feb 2 poll.

The meeting follows the Constitution Court's ruling on Friday that a poll can be deferred. The court also said the decision to delay the vote rested with the EC and the government leader.

The meeting was arranged after talks between the EC chief and caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana on Saturday on the eve of advance voting.

The future of the advance voting on Sunday still looks uncertain.

EC commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said in Surat Thani that the poll organising body was ready to postpone advance voting until Friday if the caretaker government signals its intention to put off the general election.

The EC is authorised under the election law to set a new date for advance voting.

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