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EC will not oppose CDC’s proposal for election inspectors

The Election Commission has softened its opposition against the Constitution Drafting Committee's proposal to replace provincial election officials with election inspectors.

EC chairman Supachai Somcharoen said on Sunday that he had to accept the CDC's proposal and would not voice any objection as the CDC is tasked with making law and the EC's duty is to enforce the law.

He further said that he had dropped an earlier plan to submit to the CDC a compilation of advantages and disadvantages of retaining provincial election officials in comparison with the introduction of election inspectors as proposed by the CDC.

The next step that the EC will have to do is to draft regulations in compliant with the provisions of new election law drafted by the CDC.

Provincial election officials are permanent staff of the Election Commission whereas the proposed election inspectors are temporary workers recruited by the EC to oversee elections in the provinces.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)