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Thai electoral body to seek court ruling on new election decree

02-26-2014 17:36 BJT

BANGKOK, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Election Commission (EC) said Wednesday it will petition the Constitutional Court to rule whether the EC or the caretaker government has the power to issue a new royal decree for election re-runs in certain constituencies.

A court ruling is needed because the government has turned down the EC's earlier demand for it to issue a new decree to set a new election date for 28 constituencies in eight southern provinces, EC member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn was quoted by the Nation newspaper as saying.

The 28 constituencies had no candidates registered for the Feb. 2 general election due to disruption from anti-government protesters.

The government has insisted that it will not issue another decree as the earlier one issued by caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in December last year is still in force.

Spokesman of Yingluck-headed Pheu Thai Party Prompong Nopparit said earlier that if the government issued a new decree, it could lead to the nullification of the Feb. 2 election results and a petition to dissolve the Pheu Thai Party.


Editor:Zhang |Source: Xinhua

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