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14 June 2011 :: 10:06:34 am 54938

Thai polling agency OKs European Union election observers

BANGKOK, June 13 – Thailand's Election Commission (EC) has no objection to the European Union (EU) sending observers to monitor Thailand's upcoming general election, Chairman Apichart Sukhagganond said on Monday.
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After discussing and considering the EU request to send election monitors to the country’s July 3, Mr Apichart said the EC agreed to grant the permission, as he is confident that the election will meet international standards.

The polling agency head added that other international agencies related to election monitoring, including the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), are also interested and have asked to take part in observing the polls.

The EC has acknowledged the requests and welcomed the agencies monitoring the general election on that day, he said. However, the related organisations must comply with the EC rules and regulations as well as the legal framework.

Asked whether there would be any negative impact on the election results if the EU makes any complaints regarding the elections, Mr Apichart said he strongly believed that the EU will endorse the poll results.

He stood firm in his belief that Thailand’s election process meets international standards and will be made efficiently, transparently and fairly.

The EC chief added, however, that the EU observers’ comments and suggestions are non-binding.

Report by : MCOT

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