Caretaker govt to cooperate with EC on new poll

national March 25, 2014 00:00

The caretaker government is willing to work with the Election Commission (EC) in setting an appropriate date for the new general election, a Cabinet member said on Tuesday.

Varathep Rattanakorn, caretaker PM’s office minister, said a new general election should be held as soon as possible and the government would submit a royal decree for HM the King’s endorsement setting the election date, if requested by the EC.

The Constitution Court last week nullified the Feb 2 general election, reasoning that the balloting was not held in a single day as stipulated by the Constitution.

The February 2 election was held nationwide except for 28 constituencies in the South where disruption prevented candidates from applying.

With regard to a move to appoint an interim prime minister to replace Yingluck Shinawatra, Varathep said all parties should stop making any moves against the Constitution.

He refused to comment on a list of candidates for interim prime minister disclosed by Red Shirt leader Nattawut Saikua, who is concurrently caretaker deputy commerce minister.

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