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EC has Bt800 million ready for local elections, awaiting govt go-ahead

By THE NATION

 

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Jarungwit Phumma (File Photo)

 

The Election Commission of Thailand revealed that it has earmarked Bt800 million for local elections nationwide and is ready to organise them if it receives the green light from the government.

 

“The commission had received a Bt800-million local election budget for fiscal year 2020,” secretary-general Pol Colonel Jarungwit Phumma said yesterday (June 15). “This money will be used for the election once the government announces it.”

 

Earlier yesterday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that “if possible, we will hold local elections this year, so we would like to ask people to wait for a while”. He made the statement while saying the budget for local elections has been used to fight Covid-19.

 

The virus crisis has forced the government to postpone arrangements for the elections, which are usually held within a year of a new administration coming to power. No local elections have been held for the past six years under Prayut’s rule.

 

“The Election Commission has reached a certain level of readiness in organising local elections, we are currently training staff,” Jarungwit added. “As for the zoning of local administration organisations, it is in the counterchecking stage and will soon be announced in the Royal Gazette.”

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30389673

 

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Really, and they will complete the elections fairly and justly?  Wait is that the money they seized from the former Future Forward Party.  Now I understand everything clearly...

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We have a budget of X million , for fair local elections, not an announcement you would hear in any other country in the world. Local civic leaders must be salivating at the thought of all the money shortly to arrive.

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 The Election Commission has reached a certain level of readiness 

 

Bt800 million worth in the trough apparently... Cue lots of snout jostling 

 

 

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800 mil should be able to influence the outcome they want!

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

The Election Commission of Thailand revealed that it has earmarked Bt800 million for local elections nationwide and is ready to organise them if it receives the green light from the government.

With people still starving that's comforting to know, when the time comes I hope people vote wisely!

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That should buy 2,666,666 votes with none of the usual disbursements 🤔

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800 million - quite some cash on the loose then ....... and for sure it will be completely used up before the polls open. 

Did anyone inform deputy prime minister Wissanu aware of this; I thought he said that there is no money left for local elections? 

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