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Military asked to oversee election safety

The military will be asked to support and oversee safety measures for candidates running in the February 2 snap election as well as for voters on election day, the Centre of Administration for Peace and Order's chief Surapong Tohvichakchaikul said Friday.

He will seek a meeting with Supreme Commander Gen Tanasak Patimaprakorn to discuss the issue. Surapong, who is also foreign minister, said the request for the military to take care of security measures for the candidates and the voters in the election date was in response to Election Commission's concerns of more violence prior to the election date, which might possibly mean that the election could not be held as scheduled.

The EC yesterday recommended that the Yingluck government delay the election.

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