EC to invite PM to meet

The Election Commission will send a letter to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra inviting her to meet for talks over a new date for voting in the 28 vacant southern constituencies, EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said Sunday.

Mr Puchong said the decision was made at an EC meeting which resolved to propose the government issue a royal decree on a new polling date.

He said the EC's letter would be handed over to the government not later than Tuesday.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana said the government would be glad to discuss the matter with the EC on receiving the invitation letter.

The government and its legal staff would look into the EC's proposal to see if it could be done without going against the law and the constitution, he said, adding that the EC should also listen to opinions from the other side.

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