Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) welcomes foreign observers

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) said on Thursday it has invited international representatives and organisations to observe the July 3 general election.

Election Commissioner Prapan Naikowit disclosed the information as he and EC Secretary-General Suthipol Thaweechaikarn opened a seminar on the Thai election observation by foreigners and international organisations attended by representatives of 11 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Switzerland and Japan.

yingluck mototaxiUnited Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for a “fair, credible and transparent” election and that all parties refrain from violence before, during and after the July 3 poll.

Mr Suthipol said the invitation of foreign representatives to observe July 3 election is aimed at creating better understanding about the Thai election and the voting management of the agency, the Election Commission, which he asserts meets international standard practices.

The EC secretary-general said the polling agency believes the international observers will witness a fair and transparent election and that the EC will take them to observe the election campaigns of MP candidates as well as the vote counting process.

Mr Suthipol said this project will be advantageous for all parties.

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