Thailand prepares for new general election

March 24, 2014 - 9:27:31 am

BANGKOK: The Thai Election Commission (EC) met today to discuss preparations for a new general election after the charter court ruled Friday to annul the February 2 nationwide balloting results.

The EC hoped to reach a conclusion on how to deal with the new election.

It said earlier it would have to have alternatives before organising the election, whether to meet with the caretaker government for consultation, or to invite all political parties for talks to reach an agreement, according to MCOT online news.

The Constitution Court voted six against three to nullify the general election, compelling the EC to hold a new one.

The EC claimed that the caretaker government will have to foot the expenses for the next polls since it refused to heed to the EC's recommendation to postpone the unready balloting in relation to the Feb 2 date.

Meanwhile, members of the ruling Pheu Thai Party said they would dress in black to attend the party's meeting tomorrow to show their dissatisfaction with the Constitution Court's ruling, according to MCOT news.

The anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee announced a Bangkok march from its Lumpini Park rally site to the Royal Plaza on Saturday to emphasise its demand for the appointment of an interim government to lead national reform before a general election is held. (QNA)