EC ready to hold general election on February 2, 2014

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BANGKOK, 10 December 2013 The Election Commission has expressed its readiness to hold a general election on February 2, 2014, and said the scheduled date is appropriate as it will allow all parties adequate time to rally for votes. 

Election Commissioner Sotsi Sattayatham revealed on Friday that the secretary-general to the Cabinet of Ministers has coordinated with the Election Commission regarding the date for the general election. Sunday February 2, 2014 has been proposed as the election date, because the date will allow the Election Commission enough time to prepare. February 2 would also fall under the time frame dictated by the charter – no less than 45 days but no more than 60 days after House dissolution. Personally, Ms. Sotsi believes the date would allow ample time for both the party list and constituency MP candidates to rally for votes.

Chartthaipatthana Party member Somsak Pritsanananthankun on Monday expressed support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s dissolution of Parliament, and added that party core figure Banharn Silpa-archa would soon hold a meeting of leading figures in the party, to discuss preparations for the upcoming general election.