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December election to be held as scheduled

Thailand's Election Commission (EC)  chairman Apichart Sukhagganond confirmed on Thursday that general elections will definitely be held on December 23 as originally scheduled.
"Now, we've come to a definite conclusion the general election will be held on December 23 as previously planned," said the EC chairman, adding that the polling agency also discussed details on how the government would support the EC in organising the upcoming election to ensure it would be a 'smooth and orderly' one.

Confirmation was made on Thursday when Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont met with the EC for discussion on the preparation and holding of the December polls.
The polling agency also asked the government to declare a national agenda on preventing vote-buying and to adopt a cabinet resolution to urge government officials to be non-partisan.

All sides must cooperate in making the election transparent, said the EC Secretary-General Suthipol Thaweechaikarn before the meeting.

The polling agency said it now has no problem in managing the budget allocated to guarantee that its electoral chores will be carried out in efficient fashion in all of the country's 400 constituencies nationwide.

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