Thai Vote Official Says New General Election May Be Needed

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February 11, 2014 AT 4:21 AM
A member of Thailand's Election Commission said it may prove impossible to complete this month's disrupted election and the whole vote may need to be re-run, implying many months more under a caretaker government with limited powers. Action by anti-government protesters meant voting was scrapped or halted in about a fifth of constituencies, so there will not be enough lawmakers elected to convene parliament to vote in a prime minister. Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn told Reuters in an interview that if the situation continues, "there is no way the election will be successful and we will not get the 95 percent of parliamentary seats needed."