Somchai seeks answers to 7 questions

Ahead of the talks with government representatives and academics on Monday over how to complete the Feb 2 election, Election Commission (EC) member for election management Somchai Srisuthiyakorn posted on his Facebook page seven questions which he said needed answers.

The first question concerns the registration of candidates to run in polling in 28 southern constituencies which had no candidates running on Feb 2. Mr Somchai asked what should be done in case the registration process is met with strong resistance by the local people in each constituency.

He also spoke of concerns about the printing of ballot papers and how they would be delivered to the constituencies without being blocked by those opposed to the voting.

On the requirement for nine local people to be recruited to man each polling unit, he asked what should be done if no one cooperated?

On the distribution of ballots and polling equipment to each polling unit, he said at least five members of the committee of each unit are required to examine the ballots and equipment and sign a paper to accept them to ensure transparency. How could this be done smoothly, he asked?

Another question concerns problems which may arise on election day. He asked what could be done if ballots are not received, not all of the necessary equipment is available, not all of the required members of each polling units committee can be recruited and traffic routes to the polling units are blocked.

Then there was the problem of the role of police, military and administrative officials during the lead-up to election day to ensure successful voting. Could the EC order them to do as it wishes? Could the EC dismiss them from the electioneering process if they do not comply with an EC order?

The last question is about the 125 MPs in the party-list system. Since voting results from all 93,952 polling units are required in order to announce the winners of each party, what should be done to complete the voting at 10,284 units where voting was cancelled on Feb 2?

Without the party-list MPs being named, the House of Representatives would not be able to convene, Mr Somchai said.

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Discussion 1 : 17/02/2014 at 01:01 AM
Election observers from abroad said EC had a political agenda.
Discussion 2 : 16/02/2014 at 04:44 PM
Well, nobody has so far been convicted for the lethal crackdown 2010 and nobody probably will be so why not use some non lethal force on protesters who block entrances and intimidate officials?
Discussion 3 : 16/02/2014 at 04:32 PM
How incompetent is the EC to have to ask these questions ..
Discussion 4 : 16/02/2014 at 04:12 PM
What are you talking about? I am not talking about over throwing anyone. Read my post. EC could not logistically do the job due to unrest. That was proven in the South. They asked for a delay. Didn't happen. Now the PTP want the EC to try again under the same political climate. If it didn't work the first time then it won't work the second time unless the PTP can answer the EC's quires for a smooth election.
Discussion 5 : 16/02/2014 at 03:23 PM
If what you write is true, it would seem that PDRC is trying to overthrow the government. Of course, this cannot be true since the constitutional court has ruled otherwise. The EC and the courts need to coordinate their story.
Discussion 6 : 16/02/2014 at 02:56 PM
Good idea, never mind following the law, just do it . Then PT can get back to looting the public purse.
Discussion 7 : 16/02/2014 at 02:53 PM
How many of you red followers would do something in their employment which you knew could be illegal or bring big problems later on. All of you I guess, because you want the EC to follow your ideals
Discussion 8 : 16/02/2014 at 02:47 PM
And who would you get to replace them? no one will take the job. No one will want to volunteer to man the polling stations either. Would you volunteer to do it? put you life in harms way for free?
Discussion 9 : 16/02/2014 at 02:32 PM
EC is just another dysfunctional agency in Thailand. If they want to postpone elections, fine, but don't complain about the existing caretaker government then.
Discussion 10 : 16/02/2014 at 02:31 PM
Why do people in this forum blame the EC? This government and the police, who are very much controlled by this government, are obviously not able to ensure that the EC can do its job. Yingluck, Chalerm, Tarit and obviously the big master are scared to tell the police to enforce the law. And we all know the reason for that is because last time a government enforced the law against demonstrators they were later called murderers by the current leaders. Don’t blame the EC for PT’s incompetence!
Discussion 11 : 16/02/2014 at 01:44 PM
EC should stop whining and do their job. Why are they always asking someone else to find solutions for them?
Discussion 12 : 16/02/2014 at 01:39 PM
Fair enough. The EC stated weeks ago that they wanted to postpone elections due to the political climate which would cause registration to be met with strong resistance, delivery of ballot papers would be hindered, that local people would not cooperate and that there would be no transparency. They told the PTP to postpone for those reasons. Meaning they knew it would not work and it was not logistically possible. PTP as usual didn't listen as usual. So obviously the PTP must have the answers because they wanted to continue voting during a state of emergency and civil unrest. What are the answers PT? Don't blame the EC. They warned you.
Discussion 13 : 16/02/2014 at 01:34 PM
I fully agreed with comment ryanray. It is like the EC wants to awash all responsibilities should any untoward mishaps occur. Then again the EC does not want election to hold.
Discussion 14 : 16/02/2014 at 01:16 PM
Anyone with a single brain cell or more knows that the EC are simply following the directives of their yellow masters. It's astonishing that a bunch of morons like these should have power to make political decisions.
Discussion 15 : 16/02/2014 at 01:02 PM
These are seven questions they should be asking themselves. It is their job. It is their only job. If they are not up to it they should step aside and let some competent people willing to do the job take over.

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