Poll officials 'colluded in Lak Si attack'

The gun battle at Lak Si intersection yesterday was the result of collusion between the Election Commission (EC) and the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), Pheu Thai leader Charupong Ruangsuwan said on Sunday.

Seven people were wounded in the incident in northern Bangkok on the eve of the election. 

Mr Charupong said the public already knew that the EC and PDRC were trying to derail the election. He advised people who have been prevented from voting by the incident to file a police complaint.

The EC announced on Saturday evening that voting in Lak Si on Sunday would be cancelled. It said it would not open 158 polling units in the district as officials had failed in negotiations with protesters to obtain the ballots from the blockaded district office. A new election will be held later.

The caretaker interior minister, meanwhile, was the first to cast his vote at polling unit 25 in front of the Big C department store at the mouth of Soi Lat Phrao 15 in Chatuchak district.

He called on all eligible people to vote, arguing that it is the best way to solve the country's problems through peaceful means and according to international standards.

"Without an election, we won't get a new prime minister. Regardless of who is new prime minister and from what party, the country must undergo changes which are internationally recognised," Mr Charupong said.

Among the wounded in the Lak Si gun battle was a Daily News reporter and an American photographer, James Nachtwey.

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Discussion 1 : 03/02/2014 at 09:50 AM
What the eu could no get the police or army to clear the protesters to retrive the polling boxes what a joke chrge all the EC members for not doing their job and pandering to the rebels
Discussion 2 : 02/02/2014 at 05:07 PM
Agree in principle - so how does a sovereign nation decide how it does business if not through democratic processes, including elections?
Discussion 3 : 02/02/2014 at 01:20 PM
So this was nothing at all to do with that rabble rouser from Samut Prakarn who also happened to be lurking around when the PDRC member was murdered while on the back of the truck, Amazing insight as there is video of shots being fired down into the protest site ie Protestors looking up and then a bomb explodes near protestors yet Mr PTP genius knows for sure it was not his innocent little red lambs
Discussion 4 : 02/02/2014 at 12:34 PM
Why does a sovereign nation has to confirm to international standards? I think every nation has the right to do their own business in the way THEY want to!
Discussion 5 : 02/02/2014 at 12:09 PM
An evil seed was planted in agency EC. EC colluded with opposition to prevent voters from performing their citizenry duty by casting their votes. EC had marred the name of itself by some irresponsible officials. These officials should be dragged to court for justice punishment.
Discussion 6 : 02/02/2014 at 11:59 AM
It is indeed clear that EC is both partisan and incompetent.

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