ANFREL Preliminary Report July 5th – Thailand

Constitutional Amendments & Electoral System The constitutional amendments and subsequent changes to the Electoral Law of early 2011 made significant changes to the electoral system. The number of elected members of parliament was increased from 480 to 500, divided between 375 elected from single member constituencies (first-past-the-post) and 125 elected from a

WFDA Statement: Asian Democrats Call for a Peaceful Election in Thailand and Progress in repairing Thai Democracy

The World Forum for Democratization in Asia (WFDA) is closely following the general election that will be held in Thailand on 3 July, with both hope and concern. Following the military coup in 2006, Thailand has seen a rapid succession of governments, of various persuasions, all of which suffered from deficits of

Bangkok Post: ANFREL – Advance voting went well

While commending Sunday's advance voting as relatively well managed, the Asian Network for Free Election (Anfrel) has urged the Election Commission (EC) to place more emphasis on the quality of polling booth officials and called for transparent storage and counting of ballots and transporting of votes cast outside home provinces. The Anfrel

Advanced Voting Observation in Thailand

With the organization of the advanced vote on Sunday 26th June, the ongoing electoral process in Thailand has entered a new phase: nearly 3 million voters, both residents and non-resident voters registered to cast their vote one week prior to the General Elections on 3rd July 2011. Voters across the country were

Turkish Weekly: Asian Election Monitors Decry Violence in Thai Campaign

An international organization is appealing for party leaders in Thailand to ask their supporters to end violence and stop obstructing the campaign processes of their opponents. The Asian Network for Free Elections, supported by private-sector groups in 11 countries, said Tuesday it has recorded several cases of threats and intimidation during the

Bangkok Post: Monitor Team to Keep Eye on Electioneering, Starting Today

The Asian Network for Free Elections will begin its monitoring of Thailand's general election Tuesday, with vote-buying and political violence among its top concerns. The poll watcher urged Thai citizens to report any unusual circumstances in their localities, while the media, the Election Commission of Thailand and political parties contesting the poll

The Nation: ANFREL to Monitor Thai Election

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) announced Monday it would dispatch 60 volunteers from 24 countries to 77 provinces monitor the situation ahead of the July 3 election. ANFREL director Somsri Harnananthasuk told a press conference that the first group of ANFREL observers would go out to provinces on Tuesday. Later

Thai Political Timeline

6 Jan 2001 Thaksin Shinawatra and his Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party win general elections on a populist platform of economic growth and development. He wins control of 296 of 500 seats in the House of Representatives. Jan 2004 Muslim radicals launch an insurgency in the southern provinces. Thaksin responds with a

Bangkok Post: Candidates Register, Prep for Election

Election candidates nationwide began registering for the race in the constituency system yesterday, the first day of registration. In several constituencies, former MPs still banned from politics fielded their political proteges in hopes of maintaining the ranks of their candidates. In the provinces, single-seat constituency registrations for 375 MPs were held at

Election Code of Conduct Signed : Thailand

Pledge by political parties not to engage in violence, and respect results Today representatives from 19 political parties signed a code of conduct for the election campaign, pledging themselves to a set of principles for a free and fair election. This code of conduct is an important sign of cooperation between political

Bangkok Post: Pheu Thai Party Leads the Charge

Two recent opinion polls show the opposition Pheu Thai Party as most likely to win the general election. One poll result, conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) during May 2-3 from 1,203 samples across the country, showed 23.36% of respondents would vote for the Pheu Thai Party, 20.20% for

Bangkok Post: ANALYSIS – A Pheu Thai Victory Does Not Guarantee a Pheu Thai Government

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva officially announced the election date and House dissolution via state television last night after a royal decree to dissolve the House of representatives was endorsed by His Majesty the King. It was widely believed by several parties that the opposition Pheu Thai would win the election with the

Thailand Rejects Foreign Election Monitors

Thailand on Thursday dismissed suggestions that foreign observers were needed to monitor its upcoming election, with the deputy prime minister saying he does "not respect" Westerners. It would be "inappropriate" to allow outside involvement in the poll, which is due in June or July and comes after deadly street protests last year,

EC: We Haven’t Rejected By-Election Complaints

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday rejected a claim by the opposition Pheu Thai Party that it had discarded a complaint against the Democrat Party in last Sunday's by-election in Bangkok's Constituency 6. Suthep Romayanond, chief of the EC's Bangkok office, said that the five election commissioners have been informed about a complaint

Bangkok Post: Poll Worker Killed in Shooting

A polling staff member was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Surat Thani's Khiri Ratthanikhom district yesterday. Ratchawan Palangsuwarat, 50, was attacked at 5am by two men on a motorcycle while she was leaving home to work at the 4th polling unit at Khuanmaprao village in tambon Thamsingkhon of Khiri Ratthanikhom

2005 Mission Report: Thailand General Election (Korean Language)

View Full Report (PDF) 원선거에서 태국 정치사상 유례없는 국민적 지지를 획득하여 출범한 탁씬(Thaksin Shinawatra) 총리와 태국애국당(Thai Rak Thai Party)의 제2집권을 위한 새로 운 도전이었다는 측면에서 그 정치적 의미가 큰 선거였다. 특히 탁씬 정부는 선거 이 전부터 이번 선거를 통하여 전체 의석 500석 중 4분의 3 이상의 의석을 획득하여 확 고한 일당지배의 정치구조를

2005 Mission Report: Thailand House of Representatives Election

View Full Report (PDF) Increasing political liberalization has established a culture of democratic elections and parliamentary rule as an institutionalized part of political life in Thailand. In electoral terms, a new political benchmark was set with the unprecedented level of popular participation in the political reform process leading up to the promulgation

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