Enthusiasm for the election remains high, is Thailand’s army going to cement its power with an election?
BANGKOK – Days before Thailand’s first national elections in five years, party workers raced ahead to distribute long-stemmed roses to shopkeepers. The merchants then politely handed the flowers to the candidates — members of Palang Pracharat, a brand-new party representing Thailand’s ruling military junta — with brief bows and smiles for the accompanying cameras. Casting […]
BANGKOK – This Sunday will be a crucial day for Thailand, as voters cast their ballot to decide on the country’s future after almost 5 years under Junta Military Rule. What happens after the ballot boxes are closed remains uncertain. Will this election end a decade-long political conflict, or will it just create a new […]
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.
BANGKOK – More than half of the population of Southeast Asia including Thailand is under the age of 30. Therefore, it stands to reason that this segment of the population will have an out sized influence in coming political contests. Candidates across the region have their eyes turned toward capturing young votes, and that mission […]
Effective immediately, political parties can begin campaigning for the election in Thailand’s lower house, which will likely see Thailand’s populist party pitted against the military establishment.
BANGKOK – Thailand’s junta on Tuesday lifted a ban on political campaigning ahead of elections in 2019, more than four years after the restriction was imposed following the kingdom’s latest coup. One of the military’s first acts after seizing power in May 2014 was to outlaw political activity of all kinds, as it muzzled […]
BANGKOK – Thailand’s election commission on Thursday urged the government to delay the upcoming polls as clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters killed a police officer and injured nearly 100 people, adding to political turmoil threatening to tear apart the country. The unrest took place outside a Bangkok sports stadium where election candidates were […]