Election Commission needs court’s judgement for new polls


BANGKOK, Feb 27 – The Election Commission (EC) will seek a Constitution Court’s ruling on whether a royal decree would be required to hold new elections in 28 unsuccessful constituencies in Thailand’s South.

EC Secretary General Puchong Nutrawong said the caretaker government has officially informed the EC that it would not issue a royal decree for new elections following a recommendation by the Council of State.

Election commissioners will meet today to discuss the government’s response and seek the Constitution Court’s judgement given conflicting opinions between the EC and the government concerning the royal decree.

Balloting was disrupted by anti-government protesters in 28 constituencies in eight southern provinces, compelling the EC to organise new elections in the areas.

Results of the Feb 2 general election have yet to be announced, pending the new elections.