EC starts preparing new general election

national March 24, 2014 00:00

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The Election Commission (EC) met Monday to prepare for a new general election after the Constitutional Court ruled Friday to annul the February 2 snap poll. The EC hoped to reach a conclusion on how to deal with the new election.

It said earlier it would have to have alternatives before organising the election -- whether to meet with the caretaker government for consultation, or to invite all political parties for talks to reach an agreement.

The Court voted six against three to nullify the snap election, compelling the EC to hold a new one. The EC claimed that the caretaker government will have to foot the expenses for the next polls since it refused to heed to the EC's recommendation to postpone the unready balloting in relation to the Feb 2 date.

Meanwhile, members of the ruling Pheu Thai Party said they would dress in black to attend the party's meeting tomorrow to show their dissatisfaction with the Constitution Court's ruling.

The anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee announced a Bangkok march from its Lumpini Park rally site to the Royal Plaza on Saturday to emphasise its demand for the appointment of an interim government to lead national reform before a general election is held.