Voters urged to sue Suthep, EC

Voters unable to cast ballots should press charges against the Election Commission (EC) and protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, Pheu Thai leader Charupong Ruangsuwan said.

He said the EC and Mr Suthep may have collaborated in a bid to make the election yesterday void.

''Judging from what has happened, they want this election to be nullified. The government called a House dissolution to return the mandate to the people,'' he said.

The voting was disrupted in many constituencies after ballet boxes and papers could not be delivered to polling units.

In Bangkok, voting across Laksi district was suspended due to violence which left at least six people wounded near the district office on the eve of the election.

Tida Tawornseth, chairwoman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), yesterday accused some election officials of intentionally failing to perform their duty.

However, she said the People's Democratic Reform Committee's ''shutdown Bangkok'' campaign failed to stop the election although the anti-government protesters managed to block the delivery of ballot papers, she said.

Ms Tida urged the red shirts to be patient as the election result is unlikely to be known for weeks.

She added the caretaker government will remain in office - probably for another six months - until the election process is completed.

Cartetaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said on Sunday the EC has no authority to rule if the election is void.

He said the issue should be decided by the Constitution Court while predicting Pheu Thai is likely to win between 265-280 seats in this election.

Meanwhile, Democrat deputy leader Ong-art Klampaiboon called on the caretaker government to revoke the emergency decree, saying it was not justified.

He said the anti-government protest did not lead to violence or pose a threat to national security as feared by the government.

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Discussion 1 : 03/02/2014 at 01:41 PM
Ong-art Klampaiboon said the anti-government protest did not lead to violence. He must not read the Thai newspaper or watch Tv. He must mean the army did not shoot a mass of protesters like it did in 2010.
Discussion 2 : 03/02/2014 at 11:40 AM
The only special provisions made to protect anyone, or the ballots in this election, was the extra security for the Shinawatra family and the PM to make sure they had ballots, and could vote, even though the PM couldn't follow the clear directions on which box to put her ballots in. The PM and her cabinet should be charged with not protecting the right to vote for anyone except themselves.
Discussion 3 : 03/02/2014 at 11:06 AM
EC is not doing its job properly good. It has contentiously kept asking for election postponement. Reluctantly not to conform its duty as EC which should be trusted by all. What is its hidden agenda? Reform is needed to reconstruct them to be impartial.
Discussion 4 : 03/02/2014 at 10:33 AM
The PTP is the champion of democracy as they have shown to have broken the law in amending the constitution and committed fraud to over 1 million rice farmers and a laundry list of things too much to post here. Let's get things straight here, problems seldom randomly appears, need to trace back to how it all came about. Resolve that problem first, then the present problem shall fix itself. What this government has essentially done was use democracy as a shield for their crimes, which is hardly qualifies them as a protector of democracy.
Discussion 5 : 03/02/2014 at 10:23 AM
Agree 100%
Discussion 6 : 03/02/2014 at 10:17 AM
Tida, Charupong and Chalerm are leading Thailand into civil war.
Discussion 7 : 03/02/2014 at 10:11 AM
everyone in Thailand should press charges against everyone else, seems like the trendy thing to do if Thai people were able to accept that sometimes they are wrong and say "sorry" perhaps then Thailand would not be in such a bad state. instead Thai people blame everyone else, never admitting they were wrong until people face the facts and admit their faults Thailand will continue to suffe
Discussion 8 : 03/02/2014 at 10:05 AM
Yes sure...first push for useless elections and then blame the opposition for your own failure...look at the turnout numbers even in your strongholds and pack your backs....
Discussion 9 : 03/02/2014 at 10:01 AM
The EC obviously supports Suthep. Or their incompetence borders on being criminal. Either way those responsible should be jailed while awaiting trial.
Discussion 10 : 03/02/2014 at 09:54 AM
Of course the PTP want the results confirmed so they can continue their plundering. But this election was a joke (actually all "snap" elections are a joke). There was zero campaigning (other than the PTP covering the country from one end to the other with pictures of Yingluck), none of the parties had a chance to present any ideas to the public, there was no debate between PM candidates as to what they would do for the people. This was simply a who is prettiest contest.

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