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Elections Commission Says International Organizations Will Need Permission to Observe 2019 Thai Elections

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BANGKOK – Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has confirmed that international bodies that wish to observe the general election next year will need to seek its approval.

EC Secretary General Jarungwit Phumma said it would be customary for the EC to invite electoral organs of other countries to observe next year’s election, but it is a requirement that international organizations and non-governmental agencies first seek permission directly from the Thai election organizer.

Asked about the senate elections, which are currently being conducted across Thailand, Jarungwit said the next round of provincial level elections will be held on Saturday, December 22nd.

In the meantime, EC chairman Ittiporn Boonprakong signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Channel 3, a free-to-air national television network, to educate the Thai public about the forthcoming election slated for February 24th.

Ittiporn commented that, because next year’s polls will be different from past elections, it is the EC’s job to make sure voters understand the rules and related procedures going into this election.

By Thammarat Thadaphrom