Thailand to hold first general election since coup on March 24

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jan 23, 2019, 03:31 PM(IST)

An election commission official holds a ballot paper from a ballot box while counting votes during a constitutional referendum vote at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand.  Photograph:( Reuters )

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The EC announced the new date for the often postponed election, which will be the first since a 2014 military coup.

Thailand will hold a general election to restore civilian rule on March 24, the election commission (EC) said on Wednesday, reported news agency Reuters. 

The EC announced the new date for the often postponed election, which will be the first since a 2014 military coup.

The commission in December said that elections would be held on February 24, but the military government had expressed concern that election-related events would clash with early preparations for the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, scheduled for May 4-6.

Last month, the military government lifted a ban on political activities to allow parties to campaign.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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