6 Sep 2017
The next general election might be again postponed after a Deputy Prime Minister said that he is uncertain if the organic laws can be finalised within 2018. On 5 September 2017, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan told the media at Government House that the next general election remains unscheduled as the drafting of organic laws is not yet finished. This statement contradicts the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) who
26 May 2017
A bomb goes off at Phramongkutklao Hospital and 25 are injured. The Prime Minister next day says that if such things go on, the election (in the most optimistic scenario at least 18 months away) may have to be delayed.
1 Mar 2017
Thailand’s junta leader has called for the Thai people to be flexible about the country’s ‘roadmap to democracy’, suggesting that a postponement of elections would not be a big deal. On 27 February 2017, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, delivered a speech reaffirming the importance of the country’s ‘roadmap to democracy’.
10 Jan 2017
According to a poll, Thailand is divided over whether the country is ready for democracy. While 37 per cent of Thais support postponing elections until 2018 after the mourning period, another 32 per cent believe elections should be held this year as per the junta’s road-map for national development. The findings come from a Suan Dusit poll of 1,192 Thais surveyed from 2–7 January 2017 on the theme ‘What do the people think about national reforms and elections?’, reports Thai Rath Online.
5 Aug 2016
Thai people living outside the kingdom will have no vote in the public referendum on the junta-sponsored draft constitution. Thai people outside the country who are of an eligible age to vote in elections have not been given the right to participate in the 7 August 2016 referendum on the draft constitution, BBC Thai reported.
23 Apr 2015
A year or more ago, when the Asok-Sukhumwit junction was occupied by a PDRC reform-before-election mob, the site sported a banner supplied by the nearby campus of Srinakharinwirot University. They had obviously been told to put their superior education to use by explaining in English something of what the protests were about. Their sign said ‘Stop Corruptions!’ One was tempted to scrawl underneath ‘And Start Learning Englishes!’
24 Mar 2015
The protracted political crisis that has rocked Thailand for the past decade is the result of "too much democracy," said Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the retired army chief who seized power from an elected government in a military coup last May, at the Convention for the Federation of Thai Industries in Bangkok on Monday.
9 Mar 2015
Activists rallied for women’s rights and an end to military rule on International Women’s Day, pointing out that the rights of both women and men have been suspended under the junta regime. Anti-junta activists and others staged a rally from the 14 October Memorial to the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in central Bangkok on Sunday afternoon, International Women’s Day, in a ‘Wearing Sarongs and Aiming for Elections’ campaign.
16 Oct 2014
(New York, October 16, 2014) – Leaders at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit should press Thailand’s junta leader to improve human rights and restore democratic civilian rule, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to ASEM foreign ministers. ASEM is an informal process that brings together the 28 European Union member states and 2 other European countries with 20 Asian countries.
12 May 2014
King Bhumibol Marks 64 Years on the throne | EC regulations on the use of armoured vehicles and bulletproof vests | PDRC's final battle for an appointed "People's Government"
11 Feb 2014
Professor Thirayuth Boonmee raised the question on the television news whether or not respect my vote applied to respect the crook as well. This is a very bizarre question. It is as if Professor Thirayuth has been convinced that the voters have already decided whom they will select, and no matter whom they select, they will all be crooks (since the Democrat Party has boycotted the election).
19 Jan 2014
In July 1945 a remarkable election took place in the United Kingdom. The war in Europe was just finished and the war against Japan was coming to an end. The national government, a mix of ministers from different parties, which had governed the country during most of the war, was no longer justified and it was time for politics as usual.