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Government Continues Its Administration and Agrees on New Election Date

May 5, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

14121141709pThe Government, led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, has continued its administration and it has agreed with the Election Commission of Thailand to hold a new general election on 20 July 2014.

The new general election has been called after the Constitutional Court ruled that the 2 February 2014 general election was unconstitutional, because voting could not take place in 28 out of 375 constituencies on the same day.

Since the dissolution of the House of Representatives on 9 December 2013, paving the way for a new general election, the caretaker government has continued to perform its duties under democratic administration. A Cabinet meeting takes place each week, and the Cabinet still gives approval to issues important to national administration and peace and order.

Concerning the 20 July general election, the Election Commission is working with the Office of the Council of State on a draft royal decree on the election date. The draft royal decree will be submitted to a meeting of the Election Commission before being forwarded to the Cabinet for approval.

When the royal decree is announced setting 20 July as the new election date, the Election Commission is likely to open the registration period for candidates in the election on the party-list basis between 25 and 29 May. The registration period for candidates in the election on constituency basis is likely to be opened from 30 May to 3 June.

Meanwhile, the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order is preparing to propose that the Center and the Election Commission form a working group to supervise the 20 July general election to ensure that it will be held peacefully and smoothly.

The Government agreed that the Election Commission could postpone polling, if the situation was not peaceful. Prime Minister Yingluck said that the Government is ready to give a helping hand to the Election Commission to ensure a free and fair election that is recognized by all parties.

The Election Commission has already endorsed all 77 elected senators in the senatorial election that took place on 30 March 2014. A royal decree has also been issued for the Senate to convene from 2 to 10 May 2014.

As for the anti-government demonstrations, Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, Secretary-General of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, announced a final battle against the Government to be carried in three steps. The first step seeks to make a sacred vow on 5 May, Coronation Day. The second step calls for a major merit-making ceremony on 13 May, Visakha Puja Day. The third step starts on 14 May for the launch of the “people’s operations.” The anti-government demonstrators are calling for reform before election.

While the demonstrations are taking place in a few small areas in Bangkok, life in the most parts of the capital and throughout Thailand continues as usual. 

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