Chuvit won't attend EC meeting

Chuvit Kamolvisit, the flamboyant leader of the small Rak Thailand party, will not attend the meeting of political parties on Tuesday called by the Election Commission (EC).

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The EC invited all 70 registered parties to send representatives to the meeting to discuss planning for the next election.  The Pheu Thai and Democrat  parties have agreed to send representatives.

Mr Chuvit said Monday he thinks the meeting is unlikely to be fruitful. 

Even if the meeting is held and an election date set, it was unlikely the polls could be successfully held, he said.

This is because Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), had confirmed he would disrupt the elections again if reform is not implemented first, Mr Chuvit said.

"The EC should hold talks with Mr Suthep and Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the Democrat Party, instead of with other parties."

Commenting on election commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn's earlier proposal that polls be held on July 20 or 27, Mr Chuvit said it was just a tentative timetable leaked to show society the EC was doing its job.

Mr Chuvit believed Mr Somchai could not do anything to prevent or solve the problems that may arise during the elections.

"That leaves the country with only one option — hold talks with Mr Suthep, so that he does not disrupt the election, and with the Democrats to make sure they field candidates," Mr Chuvit said.

Asked whether his party would run in the next election, Mr Chuvit said he would watch the Democrats for clues.

"If the Democrat Party runs, we definitely won't skip it," he said.

The four-year-old Rak Thailand Party, which won four seats in the 2011 general election, fielded only party-list MP candidates and came up with no policy as it pledged to only be the opposition.

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