Chairman of Thailand's Election Commission Supachai Somcharoen (Photo: nationmultimedia.com)

Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s upcoming general election will strictly follow all laws and regulations concerned, stated Chairman of the Thai Election Commission (EC) Supachai Somcharoen.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the EC’s 20th founding anniversary on June 9, the official said according to the constitution, EC members must be honest and politically neutral.

He said it is beyond his ability to foresee if any unexpected incidents would occur before or during the election of MPs as happened in the past.

He called for the people’s cooperation with the EC in combating election fraud.

Regarding concerns over the reduced number of constituencies from 375 to 350, which would affect some political parties’ support base, Somchai said this is based on the new constitution.

Mr Somchai affirmed that the EC is ready for the forthcoming selection of senators and election of MPs as the drafts of related regulations are now ready.

In last May, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said that the general election will be held no later than February 2019. -VNA