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EC pins hopes on meeting with govt

Election Commission chairman Supachai Somcharoen expressed confidence that the meeting between the EC and the government as well as academics tomorrow would create the circumstances to solve problems related to the election.

He said that though he would not be joining, he had assigned EC member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, who is in charge of the election, to attend the meeting. Supachai said the meeting would at least let the government learn about the problems related to the election.

"Each party thinking on its own and dialogue through the media won't help. This meeting should promote better understanding of the problem," he said.

He said the EC had done its best and had no intention to hinder the election. The EC members were not pressured by Pheu Thai Party and MP candidates who had filed a malfeasance case against them.

Supachai said the EC was still waiting for the government's reply to its proposal that caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra submit for endorsement a new Royal Decree on the election so that elections could be held in 28 constituencies in eight provinces in the South where there were no candidates. He said caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana might send the reply on Tuesday. The EC had to see the answer before deciding on its next course of action.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul yesterday expressed dissatisfaction, saying that Somchai talked too much about the problems related to the election. Doing so might cause foreign countries to misunderstand the situation and lose confidence.

The result of the February 2 general election could not be announced as voting in some polling stations could not take place on the day as well as the advance voting day on January 26 due to the protests by the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee. Meanwhile, tno MP candidate applying in 28 constituencies in eight provinces in the South.


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