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EC turns to Constitutional Court on electoral decree

THE ELECTION Commission will seek a new ruling from the Constitutional Court as to whether it is for the EC or the government to issue a new election decree.

EC member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said yesterday that a ruling on this was necessary as the government has insisted that it cannot issue a new decree to set a new voting date for the 28 constituencies in eight provinces in the South that had no candidates for the February 2 poll.

EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said the agency would convene today to draft a petition to be submitted to the court later.

He said all election commissioners, with the exception of one, met yesterday and agreed to ask provincial governors, police and military in five provinces to provide security for election officials and ensure the new round of voting on March 2 goes ahead smoothly. Many polling stations in these provinces were forced to close on February 2 due to disruption by protesters.




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