Deputy PM: 2 Feb election will go ahead despite obstruction of advance poll in some areas

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BANGKOK, 26 January 2014 Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovijakchaikul has announced that the government will issue arrest warrants for violators of the Emergency Decree and those who obstructed the advance poll on Sunday. Mr Surapong confirmed the election on 2 February 2014 will not be postponed.

The deputy premier said the government would hand down arrest warrants against the violators of the Emergency Decree and the Election Act this Monday. As for the election on 2 February, it would go as planned since as much as 90% of the advance poll today was able to take place, Mr Surapong said.

The deputy PM also urged the Election Commission (EC) to seek legal actions against the protesters who obstructed the advance poll and said all government units were ready to assist the EC in arranging the election.