UN chief urges Thai parties to refrain from violence in upcoming elections

16:57, June 30, 2011      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges all parties to refrain from violence in the upcoming elections in Thailand, said a statement released on Wednesday.

"The secretary-general is following the situation in Thailand ahead of the upcoming national elections to be held on July 3," said the statement.

Ban said that he "expects the elections will be conducted peacefully and in a fair, credible and transparent manner so as to contribute to reconciliation and the consolidation of democratic norms in the country".

"He urges all parties to refrain from violence before, during and after the elections and to accept and respect the will of the people as expressed at the ballot box," the statement said.

The first general election in Thailand after political turmoil in 2009 and 2010 is scheduled to be held on July 3 when some 47.3 million eligible voters will pick up 500 MPs -- 375 from constituency-based system and 125 from party-list.

Source: Xinhua
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