Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan has called on the Election Commission (EC) to endorse a fresh election slated for August 3.

Boonsongpaisan launched the appeal after the Thai army declared martial law on May 20 with immediate effect in a bid to restore local security and public order to the country.

The PM told reporters that the Government had written to the EC to propose the new date and hoped to issue a decree once the EC agrees with the proposal.

He added the Government and army will hold talks as soon as possible to end the nation’s political turmoil.

In his first statement following the declaration of the martial law, the caretaker Prime Minister also urged the army to act in accordance with the constitution, and stressed that any actions need to be taken in a peaceful manner, with equality based on rule of law.

On May 20 early morning, Thailand’s army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha declared the martial rule without consulting the Government, but stressed it was not a coup. He asserted the local army will maintain the martial law until the country’s peace and public order is resumed.

Meanwhile, opposition demonstrators, disregarding the martial rule, vowed to keep up their campaign to topple the government.

Thailand has faced an escalation to its political deadlock since former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced the dissolution of the House of Representatives last December. The conflicts continue to run high after Yingluck and other nine cabinet members were removed from office after being found guilty of their involvement in the removal of a security chief.-VNA