The Election Commission formally states Dec 20 the date for regional elections. (Bangkok Post file picture)

After a six-year wait, the Election Commission (EC) has actually formally set Dec 20 for the elections of chairmen and members of provincial administration organisations (PAO) in 76 provinces across the country outside Bangkok.

EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma on Monday sent out a letter to directors of the provincial election committees in 76 provinces to notify them of the date so that they can be totally prepared.

According to the timeline set by the EC, prospect applications will be accepted from Nov 2-6 and the complete lists of candidates revealed on Nov 13.

The lists of prospects who are certified to run in the elections and the ballot stations in each province will be revealed on Nov 24.

The elections themselves will be hung on Dec 20.

All kinds of regional elections have actually been suspended because the now-defunct National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) fell the Pheu Thai-led federal government of Yingluck Shinawatra on May 22, 2014.

After 6 years of the suspension, the federal government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has actually chosen to resume holding regional elections, starting with the PAOs. Other kinds of regional elections– the tambon administration organisations (TAOs), towns and unique administration locations (Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Pattaya City– will slowly follow.

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