Amazing Thailand general election (2)

By Patipat Kittichokwattana

March 24th was Thailand general election day. Almost a month passed but we have not been informed yet how many Member of Parliament (MP), each party has got, and who has been chosen as the new prime minister. According to the constitution and election act, the official result will not be announced until May 9th, said the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT). Meanwhile, the military junta has been holding the full administrative power until the new government will be established. Um…I’ve had enough.

Undeniably, ECT has been criticized from various kind of stakeholders due to unprofessional roles and ambiguous result. For example, Thai community in New Zealand laid wreaths at the Thai Embassy in Wellington to show disappointment toward ECT that ruled not to count their votes since the ballots did not arrived Bangkok on time[1]. Next, the letter signed by 121 Thai academics call on ECT for transparency on the vote counting process. They ask ECT to unveil the vote count at each polling station and the method they use to calculate party-list MP[2].

Interestingly, discontent voters are voicing a substantial complaint in online communities. The online campaign on Change.org to issue an impeachment petition toward suspicious role of ECT has reached more than 800,000 participants. Consistent with the university student’s movement to organize the off-line campaign expressing their dissatisfaction and gathering an impeachment petition as well[3]. It will be submitted to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the Supreme Court to begin the impeachment process eventually. Good job, dude.

Recently, the Songkhla academics network led by Kumpee Thongpoon, Abdulrohman Molo, Mahdpouzee Rubama, and Ekarach Maliwan published the online survey results concerning to opinion of university students in Songkhla province toward ECT and general election[4]. It found more than half of the students (67.4%) perceived election result was unacceptable. Only few of them (4%) perceived clear and transparency roles of the ECT. In addition, the disputable election result could potentially cause political conflict and street mobbing again, they though. Oh, no…I’ve had enough.

The general election passed by after several postponement by military junta. Thai people went to the polling station with pockets full of good intention. Now, they sit silent and see how the candidate MPs begin to negotiate and form a coalition government. They wonder how such politicians announced a pro-democratic bloc, pro-military junta bloc, or issued a national unity government to the public. Since as far as none official result from ECT, there still a dream coalition. Amazing, isn’t it?

Honestly, they quite not sure whether their candidates will keep the people’s will or political interest at the bargaining. Most of all, when there’s no political exit, don’t get back to the street mobbing again. Thai people just want peaceful transitions to a new democratic government. Hopefully.


[1] https://prachatai.com/english/node/8011

[2] https://prachatai.com/english/node/8018

[3] https://prachatai.com/english/node/8014

[4] https://prachatai.com/journal/2019/04/82035

[Photo Credit: www.matichonweekly.com]

Patipat Kittichokwattana a PaddyNews writer