Thai General Elections Tentatively Set for Early Next Year

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has set a tentative window for general elections to be held early next year–February 24th at the earliest and May 5th at the latest.

“We are ready to hold an election, no matter whether [it is held] sooner or later,” said EC Chairman Ittiporn Boonprakong.

The dates were set in accordance with the government’s roadmap for a democratic transition as well as after having discussions with political parties and other concerned agencies who will be involved in the elections.

The country’s ruling military junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said they haven’t found and don’t expect any significant security threats to delay the elections.

Maj-General Piyapong Klinphan, a spokesman for the NCPO, says they will continue to monitor political groups close to make sure that everything is being done in accordance to the law and doesn’t threaten national security in the general election build-up.

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