Thailand’s EC not extending registration date for constituency candidates

06-Jan-2014 Intellasia | NST | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Thailand’s Election Commission has decided not to extend the registration date for constituency candidates who were unable to register earlier after disruptions by protesters, citing legal implications as the reason.

If the registration for constituency candidates is extended, it would affect earlier voting overseas and in the country because if early voting is held as scheduled, the early voters will not be able to know all the candidates within the timeframe of the legal process, said the EC secretary-general Phuchong Nutrawong at a press conference late afternoon here today.

He advised candidates who could not register and had made police reports earlier to file petitiona with the Supreme Court for interpretation on their qualifications and ascertain whether they would be able to register again.

The early voting overseas for the 150,000 registered voters is scheduled on January 13, while another 2.5 million registered early voters in the country will be voting on January 26.

The general election is scheduled for February 2.

The decision by the EC affects about 123 candidates in 28 constituencies in eight provinces located mostly in the southern part of the country.

Phuchong said the EC would conduct the February 2 general election as scheduled, but only 347 constituencies in 69 out of the 77 provinces in the country will be able to hold both party-list and constituency elections.

He said another 28 constituencies in eight provinces will only be able to vote for the party-list candidates only as the constituency candidate registration could not take place in the registration centres during the period of December 28 to January 1 because of the interruption from protesters.

He also denied rumours that the EC members would be resigning.

He said the EC would ensure the election was transparent and free and fair for every side.

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