EC: House may convene by May if court rules quickly, elections without incidents


BANGKOK, 11 March 2014  The Election Commission indicated on Monday a new government could be formed by May if the court ruled favorably in the case involving election-holding authority, and if there were no further obstructions to the election process. 

Election Commissioner Somchai Sisutthiyakon told the press on Monday that the Constitution Court’s verdict on the EC’s question over re-elections would not affect the March 30 senatorial election. However, it would have a bearing on the re-election of MPs in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat on April 5.

As for the 28 constituencies in the South that were without candidates, Mr. Somchai said elections for these areas could be held as early as in April if the Constitution Court was able to deliver its ruling on the issue swiftly. In that case, the election day might be set for April 27, the same day as re-elections in 6 southern provinces.

If all goes smoothly, the House of Representatives may be able to convene by the end of May, although it would still be missing the full roster of MPs, according to the election commissioner.