Election commissioner firm on Feb 2 general election

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 By  MCOT

BANGKOK, Dec 17 – Newly-appointed Election Commission (EC) chairman Supachai Somcharoen stands firm that a snap poll must be held on February 2.

He said the EC is obliged to organise the general election as imposed in the royal decree and the candidacy applications, set for December 23-27, will be held as scheduled despite a protesters’ threat to hold a rally at the registration sites.

Mr Supachai and four EC members took oaths of allegiance and were royally bestowed their positions yesterday.

Regarding a call to postpone the February 2 election, he said he has yet to study the law on the possibility and welcomed public recommendations.

He said EC members are willing to meet with protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban for better understanding.

“Political factions have to solve the political conflicts. The EC is obliged to hold an honest and fair election,” he said.

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