Thailand ’s Election Commission (EC) on December 26 suggested the government postpone the general election slated for February 2, 2014 to prevent the escalation of the political conflict.

In its statement, the five-member EC called for the delay of the election until all parties work through their differences, saying that the situation could lead to more violence if it is not properly handled.

If concerned parties take no effective measures to contain the situation, the EC might come up with a proper decision within its power, according to the statement.

The statement was issued after dozens of anti-government protesters and police officers were injured in a clash on the same day.

Prawit Rattanapien, a member from the EC, said it is impossible to hold a fair election in such situation.

The Thai Government has yet to respond to the EC suggestion./.