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Red shirt calls on court to get EC to complete polls

Red-shirt leader Weng Tojirakarn said yesterday that he had called on the Supreme Court's Election Division to get the Election Commission (EC) to complete voting across the nation as required by the Constitution's Article 127.

According to the Article, the first Parliament sitting must be convened within 30 days of the election.

Pheu Thai Party's spokesman Prompong Nopparit said yesterday that his party would only meet with the EC if the meeting is held in Bangkok.

EC member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn had earlier invited the party's representatives to a meeting in Songkhla to discuss what should be done about the 28 constituencies in eight provinces in the South that did not have a single candidate for the February 2 election. Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said problems would ensue if the Parliament cannot convene on time, hence caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and EC chairman Supachai Somcharoen should do the responsible thing.

He went on to say that Yingluck, who is always talking about holding talks, should first speak to Supachai, because if the question of the election is not solved, then the country's political future is doomed.


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