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Thai Election Commission and junta clash over foreign monitors

EU interested in observing but ministers say process is already well-honed

A disabled lady casts her vote in a referendum on the draft constitution in Bangkok on Aug. 7, 2016.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's Election Commission has voiced support for foreign observers to monitor the long-awaited general election scheduled for Feb. 24, although some quarters of the government still object to the idea. 

Ittiporn Boonpracong, president of the authority, said on Wednesday that election commissioners had agreed in principle to allow international monitors. Ittiporn, a former career diplomat, pointed to the fact that Thailand had allowed foreign election observers since 2003.

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