EC says no extension of candidacy registration

The Election Commission has rejected a proposal that the registration of constituency candidacy should be extended by a few more days because it is against the election regulation and may affect the election process.

EC Secretary-General Puchong Nutrawong said Wednesday that the Pheu Thai party’s proposal for the registration period in problematic provinces where candidacy registration has been blocked by protesters to be extended was not possible because of the regulation which has fixed the timetable of the registration.

Also, he explained that extension of the registration timetable could affect the EC’s work in examining all the lists of the candidates.  He, however, said that the EC would meet on Thursday to consider all the problems affecting the candidacy registration and decide what to do next.

He disclosed for the first four days of registration of constituency candidacy since December 28, a total of 917 candidates have registered but there are still problems in seven southern provinces namely Songkhla, Krabi, Trang, Chumphorn, Phuket, Surat Thani and Phatthalung where registration has been blocked by protesters.

On top of that the election directors in Surat Thani and Krabi have also resigned, he added.

Election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, meanwhile, warned government officials from ministerial-level down to lower levels to be neutral and fair if they are supportive of the EC in the staging of candidacy registration.