Election Commission ready for new general election

Saturday, 22 March 2014 By  MCOT

overnment to hold a general election in 60 days or invite political parties to reach an agreement on the new balloting date after the Constitutional Court decided yesterday to annul the Feb 2 poll, according to an election commissioner.

Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said on his Facebook page yesterday that the EC would wait for an official document on the Constitutional Court’s verdict before holding a meeting among election commissioners on preparations for the next general election.

There are two alternatives in holding the next general election – the caretaker government issues a royal decree for a general election within 60 days, or the EC discusses with political parties on the suitable election date which may take longer than 60 days, he said.

He said the caretaker government will have to shoulder Bt3.8 billion for the election since it was warned against holding the balloting on Feb 2 but insisted on going ahead with it.

He was optimistic that anti-government groups’ disruption against the next election could be avoided after political parties join the pre-election talks.

Puchong Nutrawong, EC secretary general, yesterday officially informed EC members on the Constitution Court’s verdict to nullify the Feb 2 general election.

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