EC “no comment” on election supervision only

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BANGKOK, Dec 27 — Election Commission (EC) chairman Supachai Somcharoen offered “no comment” after the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) proposed that the EC should be responsible only for supervising elections while the Interior and the Education ministries should take joint responsibility in organising election.

Mr  Supachai said the EC would follow the final decision which is to be made jointly by the National Reform Council and the National Council  for Peace and Order.

Previously, the EC was responsible for both organising and supervising elections.

Declining to make a comment on the CDC proposal, Mr Supachai said the political scenario in the country should improve after national reform is completed.

However, he said the Interior Ministry used to supervise the country’s election when the EC was not yet established.

In another development, Deputy Defence Minister and also Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr told journalists before leaving for a visit to the Third Army Region headquarters in the northern province of Phitsanulok that he would rather not give any opinion on the CDC proposal that a prime minister after reform could be non-partisan and not a member of the House of Representatives.

Gen Udomdej said the CDC must have its own reason for making such a proposal.

He is scheduled to offer morale and present New Year gifts to army personnel stationing at the Third Army Region.

Gen Udomdej will later proceed to the northern capital of Chiang Mai and visit soldiers manning the border and inform them to help solve the narcotics smuggling problem as it is the major policy of both the prime minister and the defence minister.