EC members urge govt to postpone Feb 2 election


BANGKOK, 26 December 2013  – Election Commissioners have proposed that the government postpone the general election on February 2 in light of rising political tension.

Following a meeting on Thursday, the five Election Commissioners issued a statement saying the election should not take place under current circumstances. All sides involved in the ongoing conflicts need to enter into a peace dialogue before an electoral process can proceed.

The EC earlier called an urgent meeting after protesters tried to break into the venue where the drawing of candidacy number was scheduled. Police were forced to fire tear gas and rubber bullets, injuring many protesters.

The Erawan Emergency Centre of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration reported that 48 protesters were found injured in the clash with police at the Thai-Japanese sports complex this morning.