22 Jun 2016
The Election Commission of Thailand has expressed concern after less than 50,000 people registered to vote outside their constituency in the upcoming charter referendum, which is a quarter of the number in the previous referendum. On Wednesday, 22 June 2016, Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, a commissioner of the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT), told the media that only 48,050 people have registered with the ECT to vote outside their home constituency in the August referendum.
10 Jun 2016
More bias from the Election Commission has been found on their mobile app that educates people about the draft charter and upcoming referendum vote. The app bans users from sharing their completion certificate if they insert the word “reject [the draft constitution],” and instructs users to “please use polite words.” However, words such as ‘bastard’ and ‘bullshit’ are fair game. The bias has been found by Internet users.
8 Jun 2016
A Thai Election Commissioner has said that those involved in the production of a well-known Facebook page featuring a music video on the referendum might be prosecuted, alleging that the song is rude. Somchai Srisuthiyakorn of the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT), on Wednesday, 8 June 2016, announced that the ECT will investigate a music video about the referendum on the junta-sponsored draft constitution as it might violate the Referendum Act, Matichon Online reported.
5 May 2016
The Thai election commission has warned that people selling t-shirts with prints about the referendum on the junta-sponsored draft constitution might face up to 10 years imprisonment. On Wednesday, 4 May 2016, Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, Election Commissioner of Thailand (ETC), told media that certain political groups might be charged under the Draft Referendum Act for selling t-shirts with images or texts about the referendum on the draft constitution.
3 May 2016
A former Law Reform Commissioner says that a fair referendum on the draft constitution is only a dream under the repressive political environment, while an Election Commissioner maintains that laws to regulate campaigns on the draft are necessary to prevent political conflict.
27 Apr 2016
An election commissioner has filed a complaint under the Draft Referendum Act against a fundraising organization in northeastern province of Khon Kaen. On Wednesday, 27 April 2016, Matichon Online reported that Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, an election commissioner of Thailand, filed a complaint under the Draft Referendum Act against a fundraising organization in Khon Kaen Province (name withheld) at Toongsonghong police station, Bangkok. This is the first time that the act has been practic
1 Oct 2014
The study tour by Election Commission officials to observe the recent Scottish referendum on independence has been widely criticized. Some have noted that the Election Commission has not shown itself to be overly keen on organizing elections in this country, so why the interest in other countries?
31 Mar 2014
Following the decision of the suddenly even-handed Election Commission to call for a re-run of the Bangkok governor’s election, political office holders around the country are looking over their shoulders and wondering if a similar fate will befall them.