Elections of local administrative bodies postponed by 30 days

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The Election Commission has decided to postpone the elections of 160 local administrative organizations by 30 more days to correspond with the order against political gatherings of the National Council for Peace and Order.

EC secretary-general Puchong Nuttrawong said today (Wednesday) that the elections for 180 seats in the local administrative organizations were scheduled between June 1-29 but because of the ban against political gatherings imposed by the military junta, the EC found it fit to have the elections postponed by 30 more days.

He said that the EC would have to consult with the NCPO on the appropriate date of the elections.

He added that the EC also agreed to withhold several seminars and training course until the political situation has returned to normal.  Candidates of the Senate election on March 30 are not required to declare their electoral spending after the Senate was dissolved as a result of the coup, he continued.