Military junta wins unfair referendum

8 08 2016

As we at PPT have indicated several times, the military junta was determined to use all means to win support for its charter in the referendum.

In fact, we have long said that the idea of a referendum for a complicated document is daft. It’s more daft when those opposed to it are generally forbidden to campaign against it.

The Bangkok Post and several politicians and military political leaders have said that “all Thais to accept the result.”

We think that is expected from them but politically driven and dumb to boot. The charter came from an illegal military coup. The charter was developed in closed sessions by a team handpicked by the junta. The referendum process was deeply flawed, unfair and marked by repression.

The charter is fundamentally anti-democratic. Process matters as much, perhaps more, than outcomes.