Pro-election group protests proposed poll delay

politics January 06, 2019 20:03

By The Nation

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A pro-election group on Sunday staged a protest demanding that the general election be held as earlier scheduled in February.

Hundreds of pro-election demonstrators gathered peacefully at the Victory Monument skywalk on Sunday, urging the government not to postpone the election date. 

The government and the Election Commission [EC] had earlier scheduled the next election for February 24 after all the concerned organic laws came into effect. 

But to avoid any overlap with the coronation ceremony of HM Maha Vajiralongkorn set for May 4-6, the government has hinted that February 24 may no longer be an appropriate election date. They have suggested that the election be postponed by a month to March 24.

However, a source from the EC revealed that the agency preferred March 10 as the new election date.