Pheu Thai agrees to meet with EC

national February 15, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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The Election Commission will talk to the Pheu Thai Party on Monday to try to resolve voting issues and find solutions to the political impasse, Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said yesterday.

He said nine Pheu Thai Party leaders had agreed to take part in the meeting including three academics. He said talks would focus on practical solutions and not legal technicalities.

“We will resort to political science and legal principles to try to find a practical way out of this deadlock. If we fail to reach a conclusion, it will be impossible for us to complete the election process. 
“We have discussed enough theories, now we want solutions. We will talk in an amiable atmosphere, but if anyone threatens to sue the EC, we will ask them to leave the meeting,’’ he said.
He said the EC had yet to announce election results for constituencies that had not had any issues because advance voting had not been completed and it feared a “rival” political camp might take the agency to court to contest the results.
Somchai said the EC would take the results of the meeting on Monday into consideration before deciding whether to propose that the government issue a royal decree to schedule a new election date for 28 constituencies that have no candidates for the House of Representatives. 

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