The Election Commission on Wednesday decided to allow foreign observers for the upcoming national election expected in February.
EC chairman Ittiporn Boonpracong said that the presence of foreign observers had been permitted during previous election dating back to 2003.
“Therefore, our meeting agreed in principle to continue it in next year’s national poll, as there is no reason to change the action. However, they would have to work under our regulations and respect Thailand’s laws,” Ittiporn, a former ambassador, told reporters.
As Thailand has not yet passed an election Bill, no country has officially requested to observe the February 24 election.
He dismissed reports that Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai had voiced opposition to allowing foreign observers into the country during the election. A careful reading of Don’s interview comments would find that he supported the idea, said Ittiporn.
In principle, those countries who had previously invited Thai observers to monitor their elections would be invited, he said.