Since relevant agencies have failed to publish the electoral Royal Decree to announce a date for the national elections, uncertainty over whether the vote will even be held has become a top concern, a Suan Dusit poll learned recently.Â
Since becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1932, Thailand has seen 27 general elections. The first one took place in November 1933. The latest was held in February 2014, although it was later declared unconstitutional by the court.
WITH THE government failing to fix the date for the election and pushing for it to be delayed by a month, pro-election groups are rallying for a show of strength both in and out of Bangkok to put pressure on the ruling junta.
The Pheu Thai Party on Tuesday called for the junta and the government to come out and make it clearer when the general election will be held, and to ensure that the national poll will be organised with fairness and justice.
POLITICAL SCIENTISTS yesterday said the latest move by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to show his vision through a weekly podcast âGood Mondayâ, could invite comparisons between the Shinawatra and the pro-junta camps ahead of the upcoming election.
General Udomchai Thammasaroraj said on Friday the committee he chairs on the peace dialogue in the southern border provinces would take into consideration the Malaysian prime ministerâs suggestion that the area be designated a âspecial administrative regionâ.
For the first time since the last general election five years ago, Thailand is witnessing the fast-growing power of social media platforms, especially among young voters, indicating the polls expected in March this year will be significantly influenced by Line, Facebook, Twitter and other non-traditional media.
Graffiti on a wall depicting a heart with a word 'Vote' fasten with barbwire and guarded by armed bird characters, created a by Thai street artist to protest the possible delay of the nation's general election in Bangkok on Friday.
Four former and current Cabinet members, including Science and Technology Minister Suvit Maesincee, may have violated the Constitution for holding shares in concessions, the Election Commission (EC) decided on Tuesday.