General election re-runs set for April

The Election Commission is to hold second chance advance voting in 83 constituencies on April 20, followed by general election re-runs at 10,284 polling stations on April 27.

Advance voting was blocked in 83 constituencies on Jan 26 - 47 in southern provinces, 33 in Bangkok, and one each in Phetchabun, Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram - because of anti-government protests led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). 

On Feb 2, a further 10,284 general election polling stations in 18 provinces were also unable to open for voting due to protest disruption and election staff shortages. Affected were 15 southern provinces, Bangkok, Rayong and Petchaburi. 

Election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn announced the resolution on second chance voting after the five-member panel met with election presidents and directors from the 18 provinces on Tuesday to discuss the current political situation and solutions to polling problems. 

He explained that the new dates were set for April because the meeting had concluded that voting disruption was likely to escalate during the Senate elections, the first day of candidacy registration for which is scheduled on March 4. Voting for senators is set to begin on March 30.

Regarding the 28 southern constituencies which are still without candidates for the general election, Mr Somchai said the EC wants the caretaker government to issue a royal decree to fix a new election date for the 28 constituencies. The EC will write a formal request to be submitted to officials tomorrow, he added. 

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Discussion 1 : 12/02/2014 at 02:25 PM
Sorry but the PDRC disqualify themselves by boycott and useless protests and blockage polling stations.
Discussion 2 : 12/02/2014 at 09:12 AM
Agreed. But Thaksin is not stoking the flames, he's simply insisting on Peua Thai standing their ground to legitimise the idea that 'elections is democracy' and nothing is wrong. Of course, the reality is far from this, and any resulting govt from this sham election will never have legitimacy. It's just a game of attrition. They cannot seen to be caving in. They know the game is up, they are just digging in to try and salvage some pride and influence over the reform-driven agenda that now seems obvious to all.
Discussion 3 : 12/02/2014 at 06:49 AM
strange view, the only ones I see bankrupting the country is the PRDC, if they go home then Thailand can start to rebuild the damaged that this lot has caused the rice pledging scheme loss is nothing compared to what these prdc/pad protesters have const Thailand over the last decade!!!
Discussion 4 : 12/02/2014 at 05:31 AM
It's confusing as the EC seemed to be fighting with the Govt. Instead the EC should be dealing with the one who blockaded and obstructed the election. It's empowered organization, legally bound and has full authority to do so. Once the EC showed it's force calling any reruns will be easy.
Discussion 5 : 12/02/2014 at 04:07 AM
Resign and give peace to Thailand and its citizen . Stop bankrupting Thai economy. Stop oppressing the people of Thailand. Stop your policies driving simple people into bankruptcy and suicide. This is what this caretakers have to do, nothing else.
Discussion 6 : 12/02/2014 at 12:19 AM
Well let's not rush things.
Discussion 7 : 11/02/2014 at 11:42 PM
There is no point of holding any election in Thailand until the Democrat Party participates. Thaksin is simply stoking the flames of civil war by insisting that 28 constituencies in the south be held. They will be blocked again and nothing will really get resolved until the civil war is over.

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