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NLA President urges critics not to blame Coronation for election delays

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NLA President urges critics not to blame Coronation for election delays | The Thaiger

The country’s NLA President Pornpetch Wichitworachai is warning critics to refrain from blaming the forthcoming King’s coronation ceremony for causing potential delays in the national election.

He says that authorities concerned with planning the election must choose appropriate timing for the election and ensure that it doesn’t affect the auspicious ceremony.

“The ceremony would bring joy and happiness to the Thai people in general because they have high respect for the Monarchy.”

Besides, he noted that the government must make sure that all the preparations related to the coronation ceremony befit a very special event.

Most importantly, the NLA president stressed that the election process until the formation of the post-election government must not duplicate with the schedules of the coronation ceremony and related ceremonies throughout the month of May.

Uncertainty about the February 24 election emerged after Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngarm met last week with the Election Commission to discuss possible date clashes between the election and post-election activities and planning for the Royal Coronation.

Emerging from the meeting, Wissanu told the media that the election should not duplicate with the coronation ceremony schedules.

The coronation ceremony has already been scheduled for May 4-6 by the Royal Household Bureau.

According to the Royal Decree, election must be held within 60 days after the promulgation of the decree. That decree hasn’t yet been announced by the Government.

SOURCE: Thai PBS



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His Majesty urges Thais to elect ‘good people’ in today’s election

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His Majesty the King has quoted from a speech delivered by his father, the late King Bhumibol, to urge voters to elect “good people” to rule the country.

The Royal Household Bureau announced at 8.44pm that His Majesty had instructed the Lord Chamberlain to quote from a royal speech delivered by King Bhumibol at the sixth gathering of National Boy Scouts at the Vajiravudh Boy Scout Camp in Chon Buri province on December 11, 1989, as a reminder to the public.

In his address then, King Bhumibol had said: “Please remember one important thing, that there will be both good and bad people in the country’s administration. No one can make all the people good. To keep the country peaceful and in order, though we cannot make all people good we must support goodness.

We must let good people rule and ensure that bad people have no power to cause trouble and turmoil.”

His Majesty urges Thais to elect 'good people' in today's election | News by The Thaiger

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“A clean and fair election”, EC assures international delegates

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Thailand’s Election Commission has assured representatives from 11 nations and one international electoral watchdog organisation of a clean and fair election tomorrow.

The EC briefed representatives of election commissions from Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, East Timor, and Vietnam at the Rama Gardens Hotel at 9.45am this morning.

Representatives of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance also attended the session.

EC secretary general Jarungwit Phumma told the representatives that the EC welcomed them to observe tomorrow’s election.

Jarungwit says the EC allowed the representative to monitor the election to show that the polls would be transparent, clean and fair so that the international community would have confidence in the next government.

EC commissioner Wiroj Kowattana assured representatives that the Thai EC was an independent organisation and it was not under anyone’s order to ‘organise’ the polls.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Eight Burmese migrants drown, two still missing in Kanchanaburi road crash

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Eight Burmese migrants drowned along with two others that are missing, presumed dead, after a van they were travelling in was hit by a 10 wheel truck and both vehicles plunged into a canal in Kanchanaburi’s Tha Muang district in western Thailand today.

Police say the accident happened at 12.10pm at the Sa Setthi Intersection in Tambon Ban Mai.

About 100 rescuers rushed to the scene to try to save the passengers who were trapped inside the van.

The rescuers were able to retrieve eight bodies, one of them a pregnant woman. Four were rescued and were sent to a nearby hospital.

Officials say two of the group are still missing.

The van was transporting the migrants back to Myanmar.

SOURCE: The Nation

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