Thai FM says no need for foreign monitors in polls

Nov 06, 2018, 6:28 AM EST
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Don Pramudwinai
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Thailand, where military government has a patchy track record over preserving the fundamental civil rights, does not need foreign observers to monitor its elections next year, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said on Tuesday.

Human Rights Watch called on the military government to ease restrictions on political activities of the rivals to ensure a level playing field and to allow access to foreign observers on poll days, notes Reuters.

The election, likely to be held between February and May next year, will pit the supporters of the military and royalist establishment against the populist political forces, led by the Puea Thai Party, reports The New York Times.