2001 Mission Report: Thailand General Election

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After Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai's declaration of the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HOR) on 9 November 2000 was approved by the King, the Election Commission ECT prepared to announce a general election for members of the HOR, The polling day was eventually set on 6 January 2001, 59 days after the dissolution of the HOR. This election was the first general election to be held since the promulgation of the 1997. Peoples Constitution. It was also the first time for Thai people to elect members of the HOR on a constituency basis and on a party list basis.With the apparent problem of repetitive elections experienced since the first senatorial election in April 2000, most of ANFREL missions in 2000 and the first half of 2001 had been focused primarily on Thailand.According to the 1997 Constitution, the Parliament comprises of 500 elected members of the HOR and 200 elected members of the Senate. But the senatorial election took place six times in the span of more than five months to complete the quorum of 200 members making it the longest election in Thai history and in Asia.

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