Thai election commission offers to postpone parliamentary polls for 6 months

BANGKOK, Jan. 27 (PNA/ITAR-TASS) –The election commission of Thailand on Monday said the snap elections to the country’s National Assembly (the parliament) would need to be postponed for six months in order to overcome the interior political crisis.

“On the one hand, we do not want an overlong delay, because all this time the government would be in the acting status and would be restricted in its powers. On the other hand, we need time to solve the conflict in the society,” Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, spokesperson for the election commission told the journalists.

He added that the election commission leadership intended to offer a six-month delay to acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during their meeting January 28. It is expected that in the course of that meeting they would be discussing the option of postponing the elections.

The election commission says that during the early polls January 26 the protesters managed to sabotage the work of polling stations in 89 out of 375 electoral wards. As a result, over 440 thousand people could not cast their votes. This is about 22% out of two million voters registered to participate in the early elections. (PNA/ITAR-TASS)