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EC recommends govt, protest leaders discuss election schedule

The five Election Commission members Thursday issued a statement urging the caretaker government and the People's Democratic Reform Committee to hold talks on the election date.

The statement was read by Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, the EC commissioner in charge of organising elections.

The EC statement said it would be difficult to hold the election on February 2 because the situation was not normal and could turn volatile.

"Turmoil is likely to a certain extent," the statement said. The statement urged the government and the PDRC to talk and come up with a solution that would allow the election to be held in an orderly atmosphere.

The statement said the government should not insist on the current election date of February 2. "The two sides may talk and decide whether the election should be held on that date or when it should be held.

"If the two sides agree that the election does not have to be held on February 2, the legal officials of the government must find a solution to postpone it and the EC will be ready to organise it accordingly," Somchai said,

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