Abhisit won't cast his vote in 'unconstitutional election' today

national February 02, 2014 00:00

By The Sunday Nation

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Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday declared that he would not cast his vote today.

“Tomorrow, I won’t go to exercise my voting right because this election is unconstitutional and it will not achieve the goal of an election under the democratic system,” Abhisit posted on his Facebook wall.
He said he would not inform the Election Commission of his decision to not vote because it did not meet the reasons sanctioned by the EC for a voter to skip an election.
The Democrat Party leader said he decided to announce his decision in advance as he did not want anyone to cause trouble at the polling station at Sawasdee Withaya School in the Sukhumvit area where he normally casts his ballot. 
Abhisit said earlier that Democrat members could make their own decisions on whether or not to go out and vote in today’s snap election.
In reaction to the Democrat leader’s statement that the election was unconstitutional, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she discounted Abhisit’s remarks as the 2007 Constitution was not written by her government but by the coup-maker-sponsored government. The Abhisit government also agreed with the charter and even the EC was set up according to the charter, she said.
Yingluck said she would go to vote today and asked the protesters not to obstruct the election. 
“I have to beg the people that if they obstruct the election, we won’t be able to answer the questions from foreign countries because the election process is a part of the people’s basic rights and freedom,” she said.
She said she had raised concerns over possible violence. 
Yingluck spoke on her way to the Office of the permanent secretary for Defence to monitor the situation with some Cabinet members and representatives from the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order. 
Yingluck’s social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram said they would stop posting messages until 9am tomorrow to prevent violation of election law.
Meanwhile, Wiratana Kalayasiri, a former Democrat MP from Songkhla, filed a complaint with the Office of the Ombuds-man on Friday, asking it to seek a Constitutional Court ruling to invalidate today’s general elections. He said the elections could not be held in a single day, which would be a violation of Section 108 of the Constitution.

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