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UPDATED: 08:30, March 01, 2006
Thai election commissioner says postponing voting requires new royal decree
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Thai election commissioner Prinya Nakchudtree said Tuesday that the election commission has no authority to postpone the general election already set for April 2 and it has also received no directive from the acting government to do so.

if the government wished to set a new polling date it must issue a new decree, Prinya was quoted by the Thai News Agency as saying

The commission could only assert its authority to postpone the election in case of natural disaster and the voting must be done within 30 days of the original date, he said.

Earlier Tuesday, some local media in Thailand reported that the government wants to put off the voting.

"We still don't know about this," Prinya said. "We heard about it from the media. We need to discuss it with the government."

"We already have one royal decree ordering the election to take place on April 2," the commissioner explained. "We can only change that with a new decree."

Prinya added that it was the royal decree not the commission that set the election date.

"To postpone or not to postpone, the commission is always well- prepared," he said.

Asked about a possible boycott of the election by opposition parties, Prinya said it wouldn't be illegal.

If opposition parties wanted to explain the reason for their action to the people, he said, they could do so, but they should speak carefully and not defame anyone, as that could breach election law.

Source: Xinhua

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