2016 referendum

5 Aug 2016
Thai people living outside the kingdom will have no vote in the public referendum on the junta-sponsored draft constitution. Thai people outside the country who are of an eligible age to vote in elections have not been given the right to participate in the 7 August 2016 referendum on the draft constitution, BBC Thai reported.
5 Aug 2016
Thai police are pursuing a red-shirt moderator for allegedly distorting the content of the draft constitution.
5 Aug 2016
Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia today deplored the undemocratic process leading up to this Sunday’s referendum on a new constitution in Thailand, raising concerns over harassment, arrests, and intimidation of those seeking to campaign against the draft charter.
4 Aug 2016
With only three days before the historic August referendum, many voters in the south of Thailand have yet to receive a full copy of the draft charter. A southern referendum watchdog said the booklets from the junta-appointed charter drafters distort the actual content of the draft.   On Thursday, 4 August 2016, Mangsot Mate, President of Referendum Monitoring Groups in the Southern Border Provinces, told the media that most people in southern Thailand have not received the full version of the draft charter, which will be voted on in the 7 August referendum.
4 Aug 2016
At a seminar discussing the contents of the draft constitution in the upcoming referendum, political experts made clear that these updated legislation reduces democracy, and increases the junta’s control of future Thai politics.
4 Aug 2016
As Thailand approaches its monumental referendum, the potential for political conflict is high. What will happen after Sunday? Thailand’s constitution-drafting process has come to the crucial point — the referendum on the draft charter on 7 August. All arms of Thailand’s authoritarian regime are working in unison to ensure that the referendum will go smoothly and coerce an acceptance of the draft from Thais.
4 Aug 2016
At least four embassies in Bangkok have urged their citizens in Thailand to exercise caution during the August referendum, warning of possible protests.      According to Matichon Online, the Japanese Embassy announced that Japanese citizens in Thailand should be increasingly careful on the referendum date, 7 August.
4 Aug 2016
In order to understand why the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), formal name of the Thai junta, chose to stipulate that the draft constitution be passed by a referendum, we must return to the first period after the coup.
4 Aug 2016
Thai police have summoned a 25-year-old anti-junta citizen from central Thailand for declaring that he will not turn up for the 7 August referendum on the junta-sponsored draft charter while a renowned anti-lèse majesté intellectual has also said that he will not participate in the referendum. At 11 am on Thursday, 4 August 2016, Wasin Wainiya, a 25-year-old man from the central province of Nonthaburi, reported to Mueang District Police Station in the province.
3 Aug 2016
hailand’s draft constitution and upcoming referendum are products of a repressive process that could lead to further political instability, FIDH and its member organization Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) said in a new report published today. On 7 August 2016, Thai citizens will vote in a referendum that will decide whether the draft constitution backed by Thailand’s military junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), will become the country’s 20th charter since 1932.
2 Aug 2016
Despite the fact that he disappeared 12 years ago in 2004, the name Somchai Neelapaijit, a renowned human rights lawyer, has appeared on the voter list for the draft charter referendum.
2 Aug 2016
After unsuccessfully trying to bar anti-junta youth activists from holding a talk on the upcoming referendum on the junta-sponsored draft charter, university staff have accused the activists of breaking the controversial Referendum Act.

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