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Caretaker govt to cooperate with EC on new poll

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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