Updated: How’s that Potemkin election coming along?

7 09 2017

Regular readers will know that PPT has not been skeptical about the military dictatorship’s “plans” for an “election.” For one thing, we think the military dictatorship has fixed any upcoming election to ensure that only its approved “politicians” can gain seats in government. It might be considered a Potemkin election.

Then we have seen plenty of “postponements,” from mid-2015 and each year since. The junta simply won’t have an election until it is sure it can have its people win. And, clearly, the military lads just love all the power.

This means that we are not surprised when Prachatai reports that Deputy Dictator General Prawit Wongsuwan has said there may not be an election in 2018.

Prawit blames others: “he is uncertain if the organic laws can be finalised within 2018.” This despite the fact that the junta’s (fungible) roadmap, “the organic laws were to be finalised in late 2017 with the election held five months after they are endorsed.”

General Prawit has “told the media at Government House that the next general election remains unscheduled as the drafting of organic laws is not yet finished.” We wonder how long that can be stretched out. No one responsible for the laws seems very active or agitated. For the junta, the slower the better.

Prawit went on to state that “the junta has never promised an actual election date and the roadmap was merely a guideline.” He stated he did not know if an election would be held in 2018.

The junta came to power at the behest of an anti-democratic coalition of fascists and royalists and the military men are no democrats. So no one should expect anything like free and fair elections any time soon. Our view is that the junta needs to be overthrown and the constitution and electoral rules torn up and rewritten before that would be possible.

Update: In a pattern seen several times, Prawit’s bluntness on an “election,” is now tempered by underlings, who admit further “delays,” but “promise an “election.” The latest puppet is National Legislative Assembly President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai who says the next “general election could be expected late next year around November-December…”. Expect that “estimate” to be “flexible.”


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1 01 2018
What not to forget about 2017 | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] The junta’s “election.” Interestingly, our last post in 2016 was about the “election” slipping. Our next to last post in 2017 matched that. So, in 2018, watching the “election” timetable and how the junta’s efforts to “fix” the result progress. If the junta decides on an “election” in 2018, it can be neither free nor fair. […]

1 01 2018
What not to forget about 2017 | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] The junta’s “election.” Interestingly, our last post in 2016 was about the “election” slipping. Our next to last post in 2017 matched that. So, in 2018, watching the “election” timetable and how the junta’s efforts to “fix” the result progress. If the junta decides on an “election” in 2018, it can be neither free nor fair. […]




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