Thai gov't may amend some rules under emergency decree for by election campaign

13:33, June 22, 2010      

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The Center for Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) is ready to consider if some rules under the emergency decree needs to be amended to facilitate a byelection campaign of candidates, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said on Tuesday.

It is still essential for the government to maintain the enforcement of the state of emergency in a bid to ensure security, Suthep was quoted by the Thai News Agency (TNA) as saying.

However, the ban of public gathering of over five people may be lifted in a bid to allow byelection candidates to organize a campaign rally, Suthep cited.

Hence, candidates for the Bangkok byelection next month can launch their election campaigns amid the continued imposition of the state of emergency.

On June 15, the weekly cabinet meeting approved the July 25 byelection for the Bangkok Constituency 6 as per a proposal of the country's Election Commission (EC).

The byelection is planned to fill the vacant House seat left by ruling Democrat MP Tiva Ngernyuang, who passed away recently.

The candidacy registration will take place between June 28 to July 2. Advance balloting for absentee voters is set for July 17- to-18.

The Bangkok Constituency 6 covers Bong Chok, Khlong Samwa, and Bueng Kum district.

Though the anti-government protests ended on May 19, the government still maintains its enforcement of the state of emergency in order to ensure security for the public.

The state of emergency has been imposed from April 7, 2010, in 24 of Thailand's 76 provinces, empowering police and army to control the then anti-government protests.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the " red-shirt" protesters and troops during March 12 to May 19 stood at 88 as some 1,885 others were wounded.

Source: Xinhua


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