Thailand's Election Commission (EC) on February 11 announced that new elections will be held on April 27 for polling stations that were disrupted during the February 2 general election.

EC Chairman Supachai Somcharoen has suggested the Government issue a royal decree for new elections to be held in the 28 constituencies where there were no candidates registered.

If the Government disagrees with the proposal, the EC will petition the Constitutional Court to decide how to solve the problem, Supachai said.

Abhisit Vejjajiva, the leader of the Democrat Party that boycotted the February 2 election, argued that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should acknowledge the failure of the general election and consider calling off any new voting.

The party said it will suggest the Constitutional Court reject the election results as it believes the polls violated election law and the Thai Constitution.

EC’s latest statistics show that 46.79 voters nationwide cast their ballots at constituencies scattered across 68 cities and provinces on February 2.

As many as 20.1 million out of the 43.024 million eligible voters exercised their rights.

The EC will announce the election results after ballots are cast in all constituencies.

It has pledged not to organise new elections in areas that remain vulnerable to violence and violations of the law to avoid wasting money and time.-VNA