Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Korat by-election smooth and legal

Korat by-election smooth and legal

No electoral fraud had been found so far in a by-election being held Sunday in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima - also known as Korat - said Gen Viravudh Songsai, chief of the province’s Election Commission (EC) office.

Gen Viravudh added unofficial results were expected to be known at around 9 pm.

Speaking to journalists while inspecting an election booth in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Constituency 3, Gen Viravudh said he was satisfied with overall operation of Sunday by-election although the voter turn out was expected to be lower than that of Dec 23 general election.

Only a few people were seen drinking alcohol and police would take action against them, said Gen Viravudh.

He said he was optimistic winners in the general election who were disqualified by the EC would not commit the same mistake again, because more severe punishment would be imposed if they were caught again.

The by-election was being held after the EC handed yellow cards to three People Power Party winners in Nakhon Ratchasima, after they were charged of paying people to attend a political rally in a district of the province during the run-up to the Dec 23 general election. (TNA)

17:18 Jan 13, 2008

New cold front will see frost on mountain tops

A new cold spell from China is expected to hit Thailand on Monday, causing temperatures to drop while downpours are also anticipated in the Northeast.

While temperature in the northeastern region is expected to decline, the Central region including Bangkok and eastern region are forecast to experience heavy fog in some areas. Motorists have been warned to take extra caution.

In the North, the temperature atop mountains is expected to drop to 2 degrees Celsius and frost is likely on the higher slopes in the region.

Heavy fog will be seen early in the morning in Central and Eastern parts while isolated thundershowers are expected in provinces along the Andaman coast. Waves in the Andaman Sea are projected to be as high as one metre.

In Bangkok and surrounding areas, heavy fog is expected in some areas with minimum temperature forecast at 22 degrees Celsius and maximum 34 degrees Celsius. (TNA)

16:24 Jan 13, 2008

Surapong denies negotiating PM seat with CNS

(BangkokPost.com) – The secretary-general of the People Power party (PPP) has rejected claims that he is in negotiations with the Council for National Security (CNS) for the prime ministerial seat.

Dr Surapong Suebwonglee dismissed rumours that he is in talks to replace PPP leader Samak Sundaravej as the new prime minister.

“No matter what, the leader of any party that is heading the new government should be the prime minister,” he insisted.

He also stressed that the PPP has, for the time being, halted all political activity to mourn the death of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana.

“We will be ready to resume discussion on the formation of a new government by next week,” he said.

14:58 Jan 13, 2008

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