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EC urges PM to hold urgent talks on elections

Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn yesterday urged caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to hold talks with the Election Commission (EC) on elections in 28 southern constituencies as soon as possible.

Somchai said if Yingluck postponed the meeting with the EC, elections in the 28 constituencies of the eight southern provinces would be further delayed.

The EC was unable to register party candidates in the 28 constituencies because of protests and blockades by supporters of the People's Democratic Reform Committee.

Somchai said the EC wanted to discuss with the prime minister on how to proceed with elections in the 28 constituencies.

He suggested the government could issue a new royal decree or the EC could issue a directive. In either case, elections in the 28 constituencies would have to be held after the February 2 election, Somchai said.

Somchai also called on the government to provide security for EC officials and voters in 13 southern provinces during advanced voting on January 26, as there could be violent protests and blockades.


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