Election Commission promises world 'clear' poll details

Election Commission promises world 'clear' poll details

Information about the election process to be disseminated to the rest of the world will be made clear in order to ensure credibility, according to Election Commission (EC) chairman Ittiporn Boonpracong.

His remarks followed a meeting the EC had with 90 diplomatic staff from 71 countries and three international organisations at the commission's head office on Friday.

Mr Ittiporn, also a former ambassador, said the priority was to give the "clearest" information about the poll process to forge the correct understanding about how the next election will be administered.

After the royal decree is passed to formally declare an election date, now tentatively set for Feb 24, he will give interviews more frequently. A briefing will also be organised for foreign envoys closer to the election date, he said.

"This is all about establishing credibility by generating information that is reliable and correct for the international community. It is precisely what the EC attaches importance to," Mr Ittiporn said.

The meeting with foreign envoys yesterday was not meant to address the issue of building confidence among the participants that the election will go ahead. The objective was to do with clarity of information, he insisted.

At the meeting, a question was put forth by a participant as to whether foreign observers will be welcomed.

The EC chairman maintained the commission would follow the practice in the past where overseas observers were allowed if they had first made a formal request.

However, he indicated the number of observers to be granted permission would need to be manageable. Mr Ittiporn said the EC has never received as many as "100 to 200" requests to observe an election before.

He said that the foreign envoys did not appear to have any concerns about predictions by some critics of that the poll would be "less than free and fair".

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