Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (Photo: AFP/VNA)
 
Bangkok (VNA) - Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha affirmed on January 2 that the road map for general elections remain unchanged, dismissing suggestions that the junta will postpone the poll in light of the King’s coronation ceremony.

Earlier, there was information that the long-awaited general elections would be held after the coronation ceremony.

Some royalists said the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) should be in charge of all aspects of the ceremony, hence the poll should be held later in May instead of February 2019 as informed previously. 

However, Prayut dismissed these suggestions, saying they were personal views and not relevant to the government’s decision.

The Royal Household Bureau announced on January 1 that the coronation ceremony will be held from May 4-6. 

Prior to the coronation announcement, the possibility of the elections being delayed had been raised over reports that the ballots will not be printed in time for the February 24 vote. 

Prayut also rejected this report, saying he has never spoken about a delay. He admitted that the coronation ceremony was the most important event of the year, apart from the elections, but the government can handle both.-VNA