EC and Govt agree on election date of July 20
Date : 30 เมษายน 2557
BANGKOK, 30 April 2014 (NNT) – The Election Commission (EC) has reached a consensus with the government to organize the general election on July 20 while police are gearing up for the duty of protecting polling stations.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today led relevant ministers and permanent secretaries as well as Deputy National Police Chief Worapong Chewpreecha to meet with EC Chairman Supachai Somcharoen and the five election commissioners on issues surrounding the new general election. Topping the agenda was the setting of the poll date, for which three options were earlier proposed by the EC: July 20, August 17 and September 14.
At the end of the discussion, Mr Supachai revealed that both sides had chosen the date of July 20. He also said the government was willing to comply with a five-point demand of the EC so as to allow the election to be conducted smoothly.
The government was asked to guarantee a fair and transparent election process, employ adequate support from security agencies and maintain absolute neutrality. The EC also called for a right to reschedule the voting, whether partially or entirely, whenever it saw a tendency for the poll to be unfair or disorderly. Meanwhile, the government would have to accept the fact that, even though the ballots could be cast, the parliamentary session might not necessarily begin within the 30-day timeframe.
Pol Gen Worapong, who also attended the meeting, confirmed the police’s readiness for the peace-keeping mission during the new poll. He expressed belief that all sides would contribute to a successful election this time, given they had learnt valuable lessons from the previous round.
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