Thailand's election commission delays local elections to follow junta's order

Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday resolved to postpone by 30 days the local elections scheduled for next month to be in line with the military junta's order prohibiting a gathering of five people for political purpose.

EC Secretary General Puchong Nutrawong said the election for senior officials of local administrative authorities was initially scheduled to be held between May 31 and June 29.

The delaying will affect 180 positions in 160 areas, he said.

The postponement is aimed to restore peace and prevented it from becoming political issue, Puchong said, it will go according to National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)'s prohibition of five-people gathering for political purpose.

EC will discuss with NCPO to set new local election date, Puchong said.