The use of the emergency decree in the Bangkok area is not a guarantee the polls will go ahead smoothly because anti-government protesters remain defiant, election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said on Wednesday.
Protesters mob the provincial hall in Samut Prakan province, adjacent to Bangkok, on Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 to prevent local officials working. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)
Mr Somchai admitted he was not certain the polls could be held as planned on Feb 2 even though the declared state of emergency took effect on Wednesday.
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