Abhisit allows Democrat members free decision on voting

national January 30, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Former Democrat MPs can make their own decision about whether to go out to vote or not, Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said Thursday.

He said it was not necessary for him to call a meeting with the party members to consider whether they should exercise their voting right or otherwise.
“The party has no the authority to order members to vote or not to vote. It is their right and duty to vote as the Thai citizens. If they decide not to go to cast ballots, they have to accept the fact that they will lose their political rights,” the Democrat leader said.
“For me, I have already made a decision regarding to the February 2 election but I not saying what it is,” Abhisit said.
He added that the Democrats had no need to give an explanation to the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban, who is calling for reform before the election, should his fellow party members decide go to polling stations.
He also said he consulted the legal team, and found that snap election would eventually be nullified because it would not be hold only on the date fixed.