Election day to be brought forward “for national benefit”

Election day to be brought forward "for national benefit" -TNA, November 28, 2004
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced yesterday that he had proposed bringing forward the date of the next general election in order to prevent ‘political games’ which were serving to bruise the nation...

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Election day to be brought forward ‘for national benefit’

NARATHIWAT, Nov 28, (TNA) – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced yesterday that he had proposed bringing forward the date of the next general election in order to prevent ‘political games’ which were serving to bruise the nation.

The prime minister said that he had sent off clear signals that the earlier the election, the more that country would benefit. Warning that a drawn-out election campaign would lead to the nation slowing down, he dismissed suggestions that an early election date was designed to catch the Opposition by surprise, saying that the Opposition had already made plans for the upcoming poll.

“There are lots of underground political games going on, whether in documents or CDs. These are damaging the country. Politics are bruising the country. Having a short election campaign would be good”, he said.

However, he conceded that it was up to the Election Commission (EC) to decide whether or not to accept his request for an early election date. (TNA)-E006
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