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Thailand’s general election set for July 20 or 27
Thailand's Election Commission (EC) has set either July 20 or 27 as the tentative date for the general election, commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said yesterday.
He said representatives from 70 political parties were invited to a meeting on Tuesday (April 22) to discuss preparations for the nationwide balloting, to be held again after the Feb 2 polls were nullified by the Constitutional Court.
Next week's meeting will decide a suitable date for the general election, though the EC has aimed for July 20 or 27.
He said the EC will meet with the caretaker government late this month to agree on issuing a royal decree to hold the election within 90 days.
Mr Somchai expressed concern on the requirement to endorse 95 per cent of elected candidates within 30 days after the general election, saying the announcement of party-list MPs could not be made unless balloting is successful in every constituency.
If the situation is manageable, the House of Representatives should convene in September and Thailand should have a new government in October, he said.
Mr Somchai said the EC will tentatively endorse a number of elected candidates for the Senate next week but it would not make up to 95 per cent of the total senators– the number required for the opening of the Upper House.
The remaining elected candidates for the Senate will be officially announced on April 29– the day when the senatorial roll will reach 95 per cent as stipulated, he said.
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