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Protesters to gather at stadium to block poll candidacy registration

The anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee will block the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng district, where applications for all election candidates open tomorrow, protest leaders said Sunday.

The protesters rallying at the nearby Victory Monument have been assigned to gather outside the stadium to prevent candidates from entering it, Satit Wongnongtaey said. Applications close on Friday.

Meanwhile Issara Somchai, a former Democrat MP and the protest leader at Victory Monument, said those gathered at Victory Monument would end their rally at midnight before marching in opposition to the February 2 election.

Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, the Election Commission member in charge of holding the polls, said he did not approve any deployment of riot police at the Keelawes 2 Gym of the stadium, which would be the venue for partylist MP candidacy registration on the first day tomorrow.

The EC had contacted normal police to be stationed at the site, he said, adding that the government should contact the EC if it was sending personnel to the venue.

The EC would have to hold a meeting if there was any development that would force a change of venue, he said.

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