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Thailand’s Foreign Minister Opposes Foreign Observers for Upcoming Elections

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BANGKOK – Thailand’s Foreign Minister H.E. Don Pramudwinai has told Thai media that he is opposed to international organizations observing the general election next year, saying it would suggest Thailand has voting problems.

He was responding on Tuesday to reports that some international organizations had sought permission from the Election Commission to observe the polls next year.

Mr Pramudwinai told reporters the requests were normal, but the presence of foreign observers would suggest that Thailand had electoral problems.

Thailand had capably organized smooth elections and referendums in the past without having to seek help from a foreign party, he said.

The local people themselves would be the best election observers, and their participation would be beneficial to the country.

He also said that staff at foreign embassies based in Thailand already paid close attention to the coming general election.

The military rulers have tentatively Feb 24 next year for citizens to go the polls and elect a new government.