EC: Election within 60 days

A general election will be held within 60 days, Election Commission (EC) member Sodsri Sattayatham said on Monday.

"I expect there will be a general election within 60 days,  as stated in the constitution," Ms Sodsri said, after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced a House dissolution on national television about 8.45am.

Sixty days from Dec 9 is Feb 7, 2014, a Friday. She suggested Feb 2, a Sunday.

The commissioner said members of the Democrat Party who had resigned from the House could register again and contest  the polls.

The EC will cancel the plan for by-elections on Dec 22 to fill eight seats previously left vacant by the resignation of Democrat MPs, she added.

Last month, nine Democrat MPs, including Suthep Thaugsuban, resigned to lead an all-out protest against the Yingluck administration. One was a party-list MP, not requiring a by-election.

On Sunday, Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, accompanied by party members, announced that all 153 party MPs had agreed to resign with immediate effect.

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Discussion 1 : 09/12/2013 at 03:40 PM
I think the Pheu Thai party has the rights to that name!
Discussion 2 : 09/12/2013 at 03:30 PM
The "democratic" party is now refusing democratic elections, and instead wants to set up a dictatorship again!? It should change its name to the 'autocratic party' instead!
Discussion 3 : 09/12/2013 at 02:13 PM
Nah, it will still be one group. The rice farmers...It would be nice though.
Discussion 4 : 09/12/2013 at 02:07 PM
I don't believe that the Dems will participate in any election if Thaskin and his sister are still involved.
Discussion 5 : 09/12/2013 at 01:20 PM
My quick feeling is the Democrats may be decimated. They should have been planning for this a year ago but their arrogant attitude has held them back. The PTP on the other hand are ready or they wouldn't have called an election.
Discussion 6 : 09/12/2013 at 01:11 PM
Therein lies the problem. Suthep wants to set up HIS people's council. It's a contradiction in terms.
Discussion 7 : 09/12/2013 at 01:06 PM
Finally all the people of the country will have a say rather than one group.
Discussion 8 : 09/12/2013 at 01:01 PM
A question is now that both Abhisit and Suthep have resigned, and they are both under indictment for murder (and Suthep now for incitement to violence and insurrection?) can they even run for office? People are banned from politics for much less. Of course almost all of the banned are opponents of the democrat party.
Discussion 9 : 09/12/2013 at 12:30 PM
Unfortunately this will not resolve anything,the Democratic party will lose the election again and then they will be back to square one again,If Suthep really believes that the Thai people want a peoples council why not run on that platform with the democrats and see if that is really what the thai people want,if he wins the election then he can set his peoples council and if he loses then he should man up and admit that dream is over for him.

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