Political Situation Prior to the General Election (31/01/2014)
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As Thailand is counting down to the general election scheduled for this Sunday, 2 February 2014, the anti-government demonstrators continue to campaign for national reform before election, with their usual daily marches in a peaceful manner to different parts of Bangkok during the day.

During the evening, the anti-government demonstrators continue to stage their protests at six downtown intersections – Pathum Wan, Ratchaprasong, Silom (Lumphini Park), Lat Phrao, Asok, and the Victory Monument roundabout – and at the Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road, Phan Fa Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Avenue and Chamai Maruchet Bridge on Phitsanulok Road.

Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces (Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan) remain under a state of emergency, which has been imposed to maintain peace and order, as well as to provide safety and security for the general public, foreign visitors, and the demonstrators. The 60-day emergency decree has been in place since 22 January 2014.

Regarding the general election on 2 February 2014, the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) has prepared to deploy police and military officers to provide security at the polling stations.

The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) claimed that the election could be voided. CMPO argued that the Election Commission of Thailand had already confirmed that the election might be legally carried out and it was within the capacity of the courts to decide in the future.


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