Coalition parties boost pressure on EC

national February 22, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Coalition parties are joining hands to pressure the Election Commission (EC) into holding a new round of voting to fill the remaining seats in the House of Representatives.

The ruling Pheu Thai Party met up with coalition partners – Phalang Chon, Chart Thai Pattana and Chart Pattana parties – yesterday to discuss ways of trying to resolve election problems. 
Pheu Thai Party leader Charupong Ruangsuwan said the coalition parties wanted the EC to hold an election because according to the Constitution, it was the commission’s duty to complete voting within 30 days after the general election. 
He claimed the EC had so far proposed April 20 as the date to hold advance polling at stations where voting had been blocked on January 26, and April 27 for polling stations where voters had been blocked on February 2, both of which were too late.
“The EC should use its authority to hold an election in 30 days instead of waiting for the government to issue a new Royal Decree,” he said. 
Meanwhile, caretaker Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said March 30 would be a good date to holding an election for both Houses on the same day, as it would save money. 

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