Thai Election Commission proposes October for new polls

Thai Election Commission proposes October for new polls

Thai Election Commission proposes October for new polls

Updated 31 March 2012, 5:20 AEDT

Thai election officials have proposed holding new polls in October, after a court invalidated last month's controversial snap election.

The Election Commission has put forward October 22 as a possible date.

The proposal will be put to cabinet on Tuesday.

The party of outgoing prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, won the April 2 snap elections with 56 per cent, but the victory was undermined by an opposition boycott, which left 40 seats empty, and sent Thailand plunging towards a constitutional crisis.

Shortly afterwards Mr Thaksin stepped downed, as protests demanding his resignation continued.

Mr Thaksin called the April election in a bid to stop the protests, which began after Mr Thaksin's family sold $US1.9 billion of shares in Shin Corp, the telecoms firm he founded before entering politics, in a tax-free deal.