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New general election may be needed: Thai vote official

Published on Feb 11, 2014 6:07 PM
 
A Thai anti-government protester waves a national flag during an anti-government march in downtown Bangkok on Feb 7, 2014. A member of Thailand's Election Commission said it may prove impossible to complete this month's disrupted election and the whole vote may need to be re-run, implying many months more under a caretaker government with limited powers. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - A member of Thailand's Election Commission said it may prove impossible to complete this month's disrupted election and the whole vote may need to be re-run, implying many months more under a caretaker government with limited powers.

Action by anti-government protesters meant voting was scrapped or halted in about a fifth of constituencies, so there will not be enough lawmakers elected to convene Parliament to vote in a prime minister.

"If the situation continues like this, there is no way the election will be successful and we will not get the 95 per cent of parliamentary seats needed," Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said.

"We might have to sacrifice this election and call a new one ... The government will have to call a new election date and get the king's endorsement," he said.

 
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