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Thailand’s Election Problem


Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer

BANGKOK, Dec 27 – Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has expressed optimism on possible dialogue between conflicting parties to end political conflict and pave the way for general election on a suitable date.

Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, EC member for election administration, said there was sufficient time to find a resolution and understanding so that Thailand will have a fruitful and constructive election.

The EC yesterday urged the government to postpone the snap poll, scheduled for February, in light of unresolved political violence

The difficulty here, which neither the EC or the media is mentioning,  is that elections must take place within 45 to 60 days of dissolution. “Snap” poll seems an odd term for calling an election under the strict terms of the constitution. The violence is unresolved because it is not being dealt with. However, one can understand the need to play down the less violent demonstrations in order not to…

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