Thai election body urges delay in polls

PAPITCHAYA BOONNGOK
December 26, 2013
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An anti-government protester runs away from tear gas canister fired by riot police near a gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets toward protesters trying to force their way into a sports stadium where candidates were gathering to draw lots for their position on polling papers.(AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission has urged the government to delay polls scheduled for Feb. 2.

The announcement on Thursday followed seven hours of violent protests outside a sports stadium being used by candidates to draw lots for their position on polling papers for the vote.

The call by the commission will add to the political uncertainty gripping the nation.

In a statement, the commission said it is urging the government to consider "postponing the elections", citing the lack of "peace" between the government and protesters.