How long before an election?

11 06 2010

The Bangkok Post has a remarkable report on election “planning.”

The Election Commission is reportedly planning “to take tougher measures at the next election, including tracking candidates’ finances and asking for the emergency decree to be imposed if necessary.”Other controls proposed include bans on various kinds of political campaigning.

That might be startling enough, especially as it will put the EC in the Abhisit Vejjajiva government’s campaign team, but this is even more surprising:

Sodsri Satayathum, another election commissioner, said the EC planned to have candidates from different parties promise to keep their campaigns within the boundaries of the law and let their competitors campaign for votes freely in their constituency strongholds.

If there are credible signs the candidates will not be safe canvassing for votes, the EC might have to ask the government to impose an emergency decree during the election campaign, she said.

“Personally, I don’t see the point of having an election if it cannot be organised peacefully,” Mrs Sodsri said.

“Today, we cannot divide the country… This is intolerable. If an election cannot be organised [peacefully], the constitution should be amended to increase the term of the [present] House of Representatives to 10 years.”

Yep, 10 years. Why even bother with elections? And, what’s the point of election commissioners who don’t want elections? Sodsri is not some kind of political outlier; she’s taken seriously. Remember when the EC was considering having the Democrat Party face trial on corruption charges, meaning possible dissolution? What a difference a victory against the red shirts makes!


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22 06 2010
The desire to crush all opposition « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] is beginning to look increasingly like a co-ordinated plan to ensure royalist-military-”Democrat” rule for some time to come. So-called reconciliation is nothing but a political Orwellianism that hunts, […]

22 06 2010
The desire to crush all opposition « Politicalprisonersofthailand's Blog

[…] is beginning to look increasingly like a co-ordinated plan to ensure royalist-military-”Democrat” rule for some time to come. So-called reconciliation is nothing but a political Orwellianism that hunts, […]




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