“Lack of order” may hamper election: Thai PM hinh anh 1Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (Source: https://news.thaivisa.com)

Bangkok (VNA) Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that if a “lack of order” continues, there is no guarantee that the national election would be held peacefully, Government Spokesman Lt. General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on March 25.

“Despite the fact that the government has made efforts and the country has progressed more than before 2014 (when the junta took power), some groups have tried to create chaos and escalate their strategies if their demands are not met,” Sansern Kaewkamnerd quoted the Prime Minister as saying.

The government leader has ordered a close watch on the groups that put pressure on toppling the authority in the past time.

On March 24, activists gathered in front of the army headquarters in Bangkok, calling for the military to cease supporting the military-led National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and its role in politics as well as requesting an election this year. The protesters announced that they will stage more protests in May if their demands are not satisfied.

Maj-General Piyapong Klinpan, an NCPO spokesperson, said that the election date would be decided according to the law and road map to elections and the military could not be separated from the NCPO.

After the 2014 military coup, the NCPO has several times announced dates for general election, however, the scheduled dates were constantly suspended.

Experts said that the election day slated for February in 2019 may be deferred.-VNA