Yesterday (27 March), the Asian Network for Free Election (ANFREL) issued an interim report on the 2019 general election, calling for all issues in the election process to be addressed promptly. Meanwhile, the US and French embassies also issued statements calling for a transparent process of publishing the results and investigating election irregularities.
Today (27 March) at 11.00, representatives of six pro-democracy parties held a press conference at the Lancaster Hotel to announce that they are forming a coalition to become the next government of Thailand.
Yesterday (25 March), Maja Kocijančič, the European Union Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, issued a statement on Thailand’s 2019 general election, which took place last Sunday, 24 March.
The ECT claimed that overseas voting ballots from New Zealand has not arrived in time, and that they will be deciding tomorrow (26 March) whether these ballots are invalid.
UN team observes election which started today (24 March) from 8.00 until 17.00. EU do not join because Thai government did not invite them on time.
Invoking a historic quotation by his father, King Vajiralongkorn has released an announcement on the eve of the election saying that voters should support ‘good people’ to rule Thailand.
On 14 March 2019, the International Federation on Human Rights (FIDH) held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand to launch More Shadows than Lights: Thailand’s Political Parties and Their Human Rights Commitments, a survey of the human rights situation and 32 political parties in Thailand (read the full report here).
The Ombudsman ruled on Thursday 14 March that Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is not a government official, and therefore may run as a candidate for Prime Minister. But Sombat Boonngamanong has taken the opportunity to point out that in the Supreme Court ruling on his case, Prayut was considered a government official. Sombat Boonngamanong submit a letter.
Students and international environmentalists have joined a strike in Chiang Mai to show solidarity with the Fridays for Future movement. Just before the strike, Chiang Mai became one of the worst cities in the world in terms of air quality. The movement has been pressuring the Chiang Mai Governor to address air pollution, but the administration has still not taken serious action.
The leaders of the now dissolved Thai Raksa Chart (TRC) party started campaigning for democracy right after Constitutional Court decision. Its members have thrown their support behind other political parties, including the Future Forward Party (FFP) and Pheu Tham, and even campaigned for a ‘no’ vote. Confused, the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) has set up an investigative committee to see if they have violated any rules.