Thai election commission ready to hold new general election

09:56, May 12, 2011      

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The Election Commission (EC) of Thailand on Wednesday voiced its readiness to organise the new general election while cautioning all political groups not to obstruct the election processes.

According to Election Commissioner Sodsri Sattayatham, the registration for party-listed and constituency MP candidates will be opened on May 19-23, and May 24-28 respectively. Advance election is scheduled for June 26, while the actual election date is set for July 3.

Ballots will be printed at the Government Lottery Office and the Ministry of Interior, where over 55 million ballots can be printed. Political parties can send representatives to observe the printing processes at the two places and polling stations, but they must neither obstruct operations of the authorities nor the election.

As for the regulations for the interim government, Sodsri said the EC would be announcing them very soon. She noted that state resources such as vehicles and security guards could be used normally but not in any election-related activities such as election campaigns, for example.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday announced that the House of Representatives was dissolved.

Source: Xinhua
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