Sondhi: I'm not voting

Sondhi Limthongkul, the former leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), says he won't be voting on Sunday.

Mr Sondhi declared his intention at an anti-government rally on Friday night but stopped short of calling on PAD members to join his campaign against the general election.

"There is no reason to vote in this election when we admit the political failure and the failed government," he told supporters of the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand near Government House.

Mr Sondhi led the protests, which included the week-long seizure of Suvarnabhumi Airport, which helped bring down the government of Somchai Wongsawat, a brother-in-law of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, in 2008.

The former yellow-shirt leader has kept a low profile since Suthep Thaugsuban began leading the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) campaign to oust the Yingluck Shinawatra government in late October.

The two, however, share a common position on seeing reform undertaken before a new election is held.

Mr Sondhi also urged the army chief, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, to make clear whether he intended to side with protesters or former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Mr Suthep has urged voters to sanction the election and said he would lead other protesters onto the streets on Sunday for a "picnic".

The former Democrat Party strategist and deputy premier insisted his followers would not impede voters from casting their ballots.

The cost to taxpayers of staging Sunday's election, which will not produce enough MPs to begin a House sitting, is 3.8 billion baht. Subsequent byelections and related activities to rectify the problem could take months and raise the cost further.

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Discussion 1 : 01/02/2014 at 11:19 AM
For sure I won't vote for Sondhi's PAD thai...
Discussion 2 : 01/02/2014 at 10:25 AM
The idea is to vote and your vote gets to make the changes. Get it? As Ghandi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world".
Discussion 3 : 01/02/2014 at 09:10 AM
Thaksin is certainly to blame for this current mess
Discussion 4 : 01/02/2014 at 03:11 AM
Very good comment, agree 100%
Discussion 5 : 01/02/2014 at 02:06 AM
What a surprise!
Discussion 6 : 31/01/2014 at 10:14 PM
The use of the word "sanction" is very inaccurate. I am sure that is not something Suthep would do.
Discussion 7 : 31/01/2014 at 10:11 PM
Sondhi, winner of the rare Double-Dip, convicted of lese majeste and corruption. Way to one up Thaksin. But wait, this man still gets to walk the streets of Thailand? Hmm, interesting.
Discussion 8 : 31/01/2014 at 10:05 PM
I guess Thaksin is to blame for every problem Thailand has...? Get over it and move past your excuses
Discussion 9 : 31/01/2014 at 09:52 PM
So, it's his choice not to vote, and others choice and right to vote!
Discussion 10 : 31/01/2014 at 09:50 PM
One of a few good things about democracy is the right to abstain from voting.
Discussion 11 : 31/01/2014 at 09:33 PM
Sondhi & the yellow shirts are the worst thing that ever happened to this country. Although Thaksin may not have been perfect, the country was progressing nicely and the debacle we have experienced since 2006 has ruined the country.
Discussion 12 : 31/01/2014 at 09:22 PM
Surely the reason to vote, even if its a 'no-vote' and not for the 40+ candidates, is to qualify for your vote next time? So there is a very good reason to vote.
Discussion 13 : 31/01/2014 at 09:13 PM
is this newsworthy?
Discussion 14 : 31/01/2014 at 09:03 PM
Maybe Sondhi he not want to end up in coma again and is very scared now.

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