Thailand: UN chief calls for credible, peaceful Thai polls | Channel NewsAsia

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Thursday for the upcoming crucial election in Thailand to be conducted peacefully and in a “fair, credible and transparent” way. UN Secretary General Ban urged all parties to refrain from violence before, during and after the July 3 poll and “to accept and respect the will of the people as expressed at the ballot box,” his spokesman said in a statement.

Amid fears the vote could bring unrest, more than 430 candidates have sought protection, according to police, and more than 170,000 police officers are due to be deployed to protect polling stations on voting day.

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