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Democrats want election talks to be broadcast live on TV

As a condition for joining April 22 discussions between the Election Commission (EC) and representatives of 70 parties on new elections, the Democrat Party wants the talks to be televised live.

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said the party wants the discussions broadcast live, and that leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, who would represent the party, wants Pheu Thai chiefs to attend the event also.

EC chairman Supachai Somcharoen said the discussion was not likely to be telecast, as the EC had no power to order anyone to do that. He said the EC was willing to discuss the issue, but he personally had no idea what the Democrats' aim was in setting such conditions.

Supachai said he was unsure if the meeting on April 22 would be able to resolve whether or when a new election would be held. He said the EC wants to hear opinions on a new poll from the National Security Council and private-sector groups such as the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Thai Industries.

The EC wanted a new election to be held soon, because having a caretaker government in place for too long was not good for the country, Supachai said. But he noted that holding a new poll before peace has been restored could be a waste.


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