2019 general election
With growing suspicion and anger over the Election Commission’s handling of the March poll, Thais have expressed their displeasure in a variety of ways: netizens have mocked and criticised the commission online, a demonstration against the agency at Victory Monument attracted around a hundred people, and student groups from twelve different universities have organised a petition calling for the commissioners to be impeached.
On Wednesday (10 April), the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights (TANC) went to the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) headquarters to hand an open letter calling for transparency in the vote counting process and for the ECT to stop prosecuting citizens.
Yesterday (5 April), the People’s Coalition for a Fair Election made a statement on the campaign to impeach the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) at a demonstration in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. The petition now has over 7,200 signatures.
The Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) has filed defamation charges against Voice TV host Sirote Klampaiboon and activist Nuttaa Mahattana, most likely for Voice TV’s broadcasting on the election day.
On Monday (1 April), members of the Thai community in New Zealand laid wreaths at the gates of the Thai Embassy in Wellington in protest at the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT)’s treatment of the 1542 overseas ballots from New Zealand.
Col Burin Thongprapai, the NCPO’s legal officer, has filed sedition charges against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party (FFP). Meanwhile, FFP Secretary-General Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has also received a summons to report as a witness in the case on the FFP statement on the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart Party (TRC).
The poll for Thailand’s 2019 general election closed on Sunday, 24 March. But while voters wait for the official election result, they also have to wait and see whether the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) will be issuing penalties, known as ‘yellow cards’, ‘orange cards’, ‘red cards’, and ‘black card’ to any candidate.
Suppose you are running an elitist authoritarian political system with one of the highest levels of economic inequality in the world. You’ve managed to spin out your democracy-free administration for almost five years – longer than any democratically-elected government has ever lasted. But the pressure is mounting to acquire at least the appearance of democratic rule. Besides, you are getting a bit irritated at being called ‘the last military dictatorship in the world’. So what can you do?
Bangkok saw 2 protests on Sunday (31 March) to impeach the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT), one at the Victory Monument and the other at Ratchaprasong. The campaign aims to collect 1 million signatures to impeach the ECT for its failure to produce reliable election results. Related: - Protest leader assaulted, Ekkachai's car torched again after campaign to impeach ECT
Yesterday (28 March), a group of students at Kasetsart University said that university officials prohibited them from campaigning to impeach the ECT on campus, and that they were also photographed by police officers.