Upcoming Thai polls should be free, fair and peaceful – UN chief

29 June 2011

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is closely following the situation in Thailand ahead of this Sunday’s national elections and hopes the polls will be credible and free from violence.

“He expects the elections will be conducted peacefully and in a fair, credible and transparent manner so as to contribute to reconciliation and the consolidation of democratic norms in the country,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

“He urges all parties to refrain from violence before, during and after the elections and to accept and respect the will of the people as expressed at the ballot box,” the statement added.

The opposition candidates who will face off against incumbent Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva include Yingluck Shinawatra, whose older brother, the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was ousted in a military coup in 2006.

 

♦ Receive daily updates directly in your inbox - Subscribe here to a topic.
♦ Download the UN News app for your iOS or Android devices.

News Tracker: Past Stories on This Issue

Thailand: UN rights chief calls on Government, protestors to ‘step back from brink’

Voicing extreme concern at the escalation of deadly violence in Thailand, the top United Nations human rights official today called on anti-Government protestors and the security forces to pull back from the brink and search for a peaceful resolution to the current stand-off.