Surapong: EC wasted B3.8bn on polls

The Election Commission must be held responsible for wasting of 3.8 billion baht on the Feb 2 election, which was nullified, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on Monday.

Speaking as he arrived to work at the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau HQ, Mr Surapong said the EC should not try to put the blame on the government, which had fully supported the election.

Mr Surapong, Capo chief adviser, also said the Democrat Party should reveal clearly to the public that it and the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) are in fact the same group, instead of being two-faced about it.

The Democrat Party should also contest the next election, which is the best solution for turmoil in the country, he said.

On PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban's call for an appointed prime minister under Section 7 of the constitution, Mr Surapong said the demand was not possible in a democratic system.

This could happen only if the constitution had been torn up, which would lead to a state of chaos not acceptable to the rest of the world, Mr Surapong said.

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