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Govt 'will work with EC on poll'

The caretaker government is willing to work with the Election Commission (EC) in setting an appropriate date for the new general election, a Cabinet member said yesterday.

PM's Office Minister Varathep Rattanakorn said a new general election should be held as soon as possible and the government would submit a Royal Decree for a new election date if requested by the EC.

The Constitutional Court last week nullified the February 2 general election, reasoning that the voters did not cast their ballot on the same day nationwide as stipulated by the Constitution as some 28 constituencies in the South did not have candidates.

In relation to a move to appoint an interim prime minister to replace Yingluck Shinawatra, Varathep said all parties should not be doing things that violate the Constitution.

He also refused to comment on the list of candidates for interim prime minister that was issued by Deputy Commerce Minister Nuttawut Saikuar, who is also a key red-shirt leader.

The Parliamentary Ombudsman had sought a court ruling on whether the poll was constitutional or not.

The verdict on the February 2 election can be accessed at: http://www.constitutionalcourt.or.th/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=617%3A2557-03-25-06-m-s&catid=280%3A2553-10-22-03-m-s&Itemid=335&lang=th.


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