Thai Election in Limbo as Preparation is Halted

Submitted on Tue, 2019-01-08 16:11Department of Provincial Administration issued a circular letter to provincial registrars yesterday telling them to pause their preparation for the upcoming general election, as the Election Commission says royal decree has not been issued. The above letter was issued by the Department of Provincial Administration and signed by Veenus Srisuk, deputy director of the central registration office. It was sent to local registrars and the Bangkok registrar yesterday, on 7 January 2019. Following a previously issued letter informing local register offices to start preparation for the upcoming 2019 general election, the Department of Provincial Administration now asks local administrators not to go forward with the planned preparation until informed otherwise, as the Election Commission has informed the Department that the royal decree for a general election has not yet been issued. On 4 Janaury 2019, Thairath Online reported that Itthiporn Boonprakong, Chairman of the Election Commission, said that the Commission was informed of the details regarding the preparation for King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation and other related activities by Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam. Mr Bookprakong also said that the Election Commission, along with the Office of the Election Commission, are fully prepared to organize the general election, and that they will set a date once the royal decree calling for a general election has been issued. Earlier today, Channel 7 news reported that General Anupong Paochinda, Minister of Interior, said that there is no hidden implication to the circular letter. The Ministry of Interior is responsible for civil registration and therefore is responsible for preparing a list of eligible voters, organize polling booths, and informing heads of household. As the Ministry has been informed that the royal decree for general election has not been issued as previously planned, the preparation has to be deferred, Gen. Paochinda... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Thai Election in Limbo as Preparation is Halted, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Thai Election in Limbo as Preparation is Halted





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Published By: Prachatai - Tuesday, 8 January



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