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Election should be delayed until political reform completes : Suthep

File photo : Suthep

File photo : Suthep

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has reaffirmed that the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) did not reject the election, saying it should be postponed to open the way for political reform which could take at least a year or a year and a half to finish.

Suthep told his supporters on Monday night at Rajdamnoen rally site the PDRC opposed the election which will be organised under the existing system but want a new system which will prevent corrupt politicians from politics.

He claimed that the existing rules of election has opened ways for vote buying which was the cause of corruption.

Once some laws have been rewritten, some articles in the Constitution have been amended in accordance with the political reform, the general election could be held and democracy could move forward, he said.

The former Democrat MP also said the PDRC wants a free and fair election in order to get good MPs and good government. Therefore, he stated that the poll should be delayed for reform which could take a year or a year and a half.

The urgent matters needing to be addressed were how to ensure the free and fair election; corruption eradication; decentralisation and giving more power to the people; to narrow the income gap in society, and to reform the structure of the police, he said.

Suthep claimed that the rally is gaining more support from the people and that provincial committees of the PDRC have been set up in many provinces nationwide as well as in Los Angeles, USA.

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