"Don't blame city staff": Bangkok Governor

national February 03, 2014 00:00

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The government's peacekeeping centre should not pass the blame for the failure to hold the snap poll in some polling stations on city officials who resigned as election staff.

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra was responding to reports that the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) will investigate the city officials’ resignations.

“Any investigation, if it were to take place, would be the duty of the Election Commission (EC), not the CMPO,” he said.

The CMPO announced on Sunday that it had instructed police to probe certain Bangkok election officials who quit abruptly or without reason, making it impossible to find replacements and thus hold voting in some polling venues. 

Sukhumbhand said the CMPO should not pass the blame to or link its political failure with city officials nor make them the scapegoat.

He insisted that city officials and volunteers carried out their duties to the best of their abilities and he was proud of them.

He said that the city officials had nothing to do with the fact that many polling stations were cancelled on Sunday. The EC had issued an order that if there was risk of clashes at any polling stations, election officials withdraw or close the polling station.


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