The Thai Prime Minister’s Office Minister Varathep Rattanakorn said on January 19 that there was no need for the government to discuss postponing the February 2 poll with the Election Commission (EC).

Varathep was responding to the EC’s call for Prime Minister Yingluch Shinawatra to arrange a meeting to discuss deferring the election.

He reiterated that the government did not have the authority to delay the poll date.

He said the government has resolved the shortage of state officers to take care of the polling stations and assigned the National Police Office, the Interior Ministry and the Education Ministry to ensure security for the election.

It was the EC’s responsibility to deal with the 28 constituencies where no candidate could register for the election, he added.-VNA