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UDD Congratulates Mr Sukhumband on election victory

UDD co-leaders congratulated Mr Sukhumband on a fair and clean victory in Bangkok’s gubernatorial elections on Sunday.

Dr Weng said,

We would like to congratulate Mr Sukhumband and welcome him again as the governor of Bangkok.

The UDD leadership welcomed the election as proof that good democratic practice is getting stronger in Bangkok.

Dr Weng added,

We want to thank Bangkokians for defying the rain and going out to vote. It is crucial for us to express this right because, in so doing, we strengthen democracy in Thailand.

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Democracy Update 27/2/13

The UDD is in full preparation for Sunday’s gubernatorial election in Bangkok. Thousands of volunteers have attended training workshops and will monitor polling units throughout the city, Red Shirt leaders said at the UDD’s weekly press conference on Wednesday.

UDD leader Tida Tawornseth stated,

We are doing our part to promote and improve democratic practice in Thailand. We want a clean and transparent election.

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Thousands of Red Shirts to Monitor Bangkok Election

Thousands of Red Shirt volunteers gathered at Bangkok Thonburi University on Sunday for a training session on the upcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election. The UDD is collaborating with the Election Commission to monitor the election for foul-play and ensure transparency. Members of the Election Commission joined UDD leaders in outlining election procedures to the attendees.

Among the topics that were discussed were the proper ways of marking the ballots and the proper methods of reporting incorrect procedures.

According to UDD leader Tida Tawornseth,

During the last gubernatorial election, there were 200,000 invalid ballots, how is that possible? We must help make sure that the proper procedure is followed.

An anticipated 10,000 Red Shirt volunteers will join other election observers at polling stations on March 3rd.

 

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Democracy Update

During the UDD’s weekly press conference on Wednesday, co-leaders discussed the ongoing push for amnesty, efforts to observe the upcoming gubernatorial elections, and plans to expand political education initiatives across the country.

The UDD continues to push for the Amnesty Decree to be passed by the cabinet as an emergency resolution for political prisoners on both sides of the conflicts. Other groups have proposed alternative pathways for amnesty, such as Nitirat’s plan to add an amnesty chapter to the Constitution. While the UDD welcomes amnesty for political prisoners by any means possible, the co-leaders argue that an Amnesty Decree would offer the quickest solution.

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Red Shirts Gear Up for Bangkok Election

Hundreds of Red Shirts gathered at UDD headquarters on Sunday to prepare for the upcoming gubernatorial elections in Bangkok. Similar seminars will be held over the coming weeks to train 10,000 Red Shirt volunteers who will monitor polling units throughout the province for foul play on March 3rd.

Sunday’s participants stated that their intentions are to ensure a clean and fair election. 

One Red Shirt commented,

This election is really about protecting Thailand’s fragile democracy. We hope to set an example for the whole country.

Another volunteer reaffirmed that the UDD is mobilizing for democracy, not for a particular candidate,

It doesn’t matter who wins the election so long as it is won fairly.

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UDD submits letter to Constitutional Court, announces plans to observe Bangkok governor election

Yesterday the UDD submitted a letter to the Constitutional Court, with the intention of clarifying issues surrounding the government’s current attempts to amend the constitution.

In a Constitutional ruling in July 2012, in which the Court ruled that amending the constitution does not pose a threat to the monarchy, the Court also suggested that the government hold a referendum regarding the amendments. This suggestion, which was separate from the ruling, has been a tense point for the Pheu Thai government, and has led it to consider holding a referendum before the third reading of the constitutional amendments. However, UDD co-leaders have urged the government to hold a reading of the constitution in Parliament instead.

In the letter from the UDD, the following questions were posed to the Court:

1. Does the suggestion from the Court that the government hold a referendum regarding constitutional amendments constitute advice or an order? What law or article of the Constitution was consulted by the Court in this decision?

2. Does the Court disagree with a parliamentary vote on the Constitutional amendments? If so, what law or article of the Constitution was consulted by the Court in this decision?

The UDD also announced plans to observe the governor election that will be held in Bangkok in March. UDD co-leader Tida said the Red Shirts are not concerned with the outcome of the election, rather they want to ensure that the elections are fair and transparent.

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