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EC faces legal hurdles over poll

Fears election could risk violating royal decree

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  • Writer: Mongkol Bangprapa and Patsara Jikkham
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The Election Commission (EC) is struggling to overcome legal hurdles that could render Sunday's vote invalid as opponents of the poll are expected to mount legal challenges to have it nullified. 

The EC will consult a full panel of its legal counsellors on Saturday to discuss the issue relating to the 28 constituencies in the southern provinces that still have no candidates because protesters blocked candidate registration in late December, among other issues.

The move comes amid concerns that after the poll, opponents of the election will file lawsuits to have it invalidated on the grounds that it must be held nationwide on a single day, as stipulated by the constitution.

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