EC’s registration venue retaken by NSPRT

Hundreds of protesters led by the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) stormed into the Bangkok Youth Center (Thai Japan) early this morning and sealed off all its entrances in a bid to block election registration.

The seizure came after the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) decided to pull out all its demonstrators from encircling the registration venue center and returned to the Democracy Monument yesterday.

 The unexpected seizure came as the Election Commission (ED) advised parties which had filed complaints with Din Daeng police station but have not yet submitted their  party-list candidacy documents to the EC to submit their documents at its registration venue at the center today to be officially qualified for drawing lots of party numbers.

Its advice came after the PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday announced to leave the registration venue after having accomplished its task and  returned to the Democracy Monument peacefully.

But this morning the venue was retaken by the NSPRT protesters led by Mr Nitithorn Lamlua, one of the 37 leaders and academics, journalists summoned by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to acknowledge insurrection charge. Nitithorn also faced additional charge of insulting a Foreign Representative when he led the protesters to rally in front of the US embassy in Bangkok.

He led hundreds of protesters from the Victory Monument to seize the Bangkok Youth Center at 7.00 a.m. today.

The NSPRT is considered a hardcore anti-Thaksin regime group.

The EC has earlier planned to meet today to schedule the drawing of party numbers tomorrow. But this might be put off.

A Pheu Thai party executive meanwhile called on the EC to open registration at the Army camp instead.

The Network protesters this morning entered the youth center close to the place where registration is held. They have fenced off all the entrances to the Kiravej 2 building  where registration is held  with national flag and  ban any one to enter and leave the room.

The sudden entry forced the EC officials to stop the registration of party-list candidates immediately. Officials advised parties which arrived for registration but could not do so to lodge complaints with any police station to express their intention to contest in the party-list election.

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