Election commissioners against elections

12 07 2014

Readers will no doubt recall that, in the period prior to the military coup, the lawful and elected government tried to hold elections and was repeatedly thwarted by both the anti-democrats on the streets and by an Election Commission that seemed to not want to have any polls. It was the Anti-Election Commission.

Continuing in this mode and now under the tutelage of the military dictators, Khaosod reports that the Anti-Election Commission is now an Anti-Election Propaganda Commission.

Anti-Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuttiyakorn says he has “told a representative of the European Union that Thailand’s electoral system must be reformed to ensure that only ‘moral’ people will be voted into office.” This is a straightforward statement plagiarized from the anti-democrat stage, confirming Somchai’s role as an anti-democrat who worked against the lawful and elected government.

Somchai, representing the Election Commission, met with an EU policy official to “explain” that “the EU that they should understand the situation in Thailand…”. This is right out of the military dictatorship’s propaganda playbook. Somchai returned to the anti-democrat-cum-fascist refrain: “I don’t want them to look at elections as only rituals, or think that having an election means there’s democracy.”

Here’s a man who has a job where he is meant to promote and protect elections betraying all those who believe that there can be no democracy without a vote. His view is that an election is somehow demeaning of democracy rather than a fundamental element of it.

Displaying his loyalty to the fascists and military dictatorship, he stated: “A good election has to produce moral people who are capable of running the country and contributing to society. It’s not that we don’t care about democracy or elections, but we will only have an election when everything is ready.”

By “ready,” he means when he and his ilk have fixed the rules so that a popular party cannot be elected. “Ready” means a purge of the opposition. These have been PPT’s words in the past, but now the despicable fascist uses them himself: “Thailand is currently ‘fixing’ many rules to ensure that a free and fair election is possible…”. “Free and fair” is anti-democrat-speak for not allowing a popular party to win. He explains that: “if everything follows the system we have laid down, the country will be peaceful.”

Of course it will, because the opposition will have been sufficiently repressed and its political organization dismantled at the point of military guns.

 


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