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30 May 2011 :: 12:05:21 pm 54180

Candidates running under party list MPs pledge to contest fairly in election

BANGKOK, May 29 -- Representatives from 25 political parties contesting under the party list system in the July 3 general election on Sunday pledged that they would not engage in mudslinging, dragging the revered monarchy institution and using state facilities while canvassing for votes.
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Their pledges were made after the end of a briefing conducted by the Election Commission (EC) for candidates running under the party list system on election guidelines. They were instructed by EC officials to strictly follow election rules and to preserve harmony before and after the election.

Representatives from 25 political parties attended the briefing. A total of 1,410 candidates from some 40 parties are contesting under the party list system in this election.

Among those attended the meeting were Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the Democrat Party, Chuan Leekpai, advisory chairman of the party, Rak Santi Party chairman Purachai Piamsomboon, and two candidates from the major opposition Puea Thai Party (PTP) in the current and outgoing administration. PTP number one candidate under the party list system Yingluck Shinawatra was absent.

Election Commissioner Somchai Chungprasert told candidates during the meeting that many instances of negative criticisms were made where election candidates bought votes from eligible voters just as in previous elections so it would be better if they could contest the election with fair and square practices.

Stressing that the EC would conduct the election impartially, Mr. Somchai said people had lost hope and a measure happiness in past years and that political changes could be made if election candidates are harmonious.

Another Election Commissioner, Wisut Pothithan, said problems would not occur if everybody respects the law. Every political party should at the very least understand the law in order to foster harmony in the upcoming election.

Today’s instruction by the EC came after senior police officers said Saturday that so far 77 election candidates have requested police protection with fierce competition seen in 10 provinces nationwide. Increasingly heated competition is expected in the run-up to the election

Rapot By: mcot

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