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UN, US, other agencies post monitors across Kingdom

By The Nation

 

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THAILAND’S long-delayed election took place under the watchful eyes of foreign observers, with representatives of the United Nations fanning out across the capital and its outskirts.

 

A UN official said four four-member teams, wearing pale blue vests, were assigned to polling stations in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani yesterday. 

 

Their job was to look out for any issues that might occur as citizens exercised their democratic right. 

 

Jennifer Harhigh, the United States consul-general based in Chiang Mai who personally monitored polling at Chiang Mai University, called the exercise “informal”, stemming from her country’s interest in the region. 

 

“We have done so with permission granted by Thailand’s Election Commission,” she said.

 

American monitors also observed polling in other parts of the country, she added. 

 

Dr Gopal Krishna Siwakoti of the Asian Network for Free Elections said he was one of his organisation’s observers dispatched to 25 provinces.

 

Myanmar-based Myawaddy Media had its own monitors at polling stations in the border province of Tak, saying this election could offer lessons for Myanmar, which has an election scheduled for next year. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30366477

 

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7 hours ago, dcnx said:

16 total observers for the entire country. 🙄 

 

Did I read that correctly?

And monitored one polling station in each of four cities.

Hardly worth the effort and only lends credibility to the election.

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In my opinion other countries should keep there noses out of another countries bussiness , aspecially the UN they cause most of the problems in the world today

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18 hours ago, dcnx said:

16 total observers for the entire country. 🙄 

 

Did I read that correctly?

Your math is correct but they didn't say these were the only observers. Of course its not really an issue if the election had been determined prior to the polls opening.🤨

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