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District chiefs want to step down after advance voting fiasco

The February 2 election in Bangkok has run into a snag with 50 district chiefs wanting to step down as chairmen of the Election Commission in their districts, citing their own safety and tremendous pressure from both political camps.

Bangkok City Clerk Ninnart Chalitanont said Bang Kapi district chief Sin Nitithadakul has already tendered his resignation to the Bangkok Election Commission. The rest also want to resign but are worried that the EC will be able to find replacements in time.

She said the district chiefs did not want to face the same dilemma during the advance voting on Sunday.

Ninnart said the EC would have to appoint new committees within 20 days before the election date if the rest were to resign.

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