Junta punts again

10 01 2019

The military junta is desperately trying to drop the election football like it is a hot potato. It keeps trying to punt the most recent “election” delay to every body other than itself.

The Dictator is reported as urging “relevant authorities [he means the Election Commission] to seek opinions from the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) when determining the poll date…”. He adds that he “expects all those responsible for organising the general election, previously scheduled for Feb 24, to ensure it proceeds smoothly before, during and after the ballots are cast.”

Yes, right. That all sounds good, but where’s the royal decree? That’s the issue and problem.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam promised “that a clearer picture of the poll timing would emerge today…. He said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha would today be meeting with the committee in charge of coronation preparations to discuss scheduling requirements.”

So nothing has changed since the shock of no royal decree on 2 January. That’s the initial roadblock.


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