Updated: The junta’s processing terminal I

9 12 2018

The Election Commission is in serious danger of being seen as a processing terminal for the military junta as it cheats and rigs an “election” outcome.

In only the most recent example of the junta telling the EC what to do and how to do it, the Bangkok Post reports that The Dictator, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has “proposed the use of only candidate names and numbers and the omission of party names and logos on the ballot for the upcoming election…”. He reportedly did this during the junta’s lecture to small and devil parties on Friday. at the meeting between the NCPO and political parties on Friday, attended by the puppet EC.

Ballot papers are supposed to be the preserve of the EC, but here we have The Dictator telling the EC what it should do. In fact, more than that, he knows his proposal is the way it will be, asking “parties and related agencies to help propagate awareness about the new format.”

Following criticism, an EC deputy secretary-general slithered out to say that “the EC had yet to decide on which format to use.” He then came up with an “explanation” for not including party names and logos on the ballots that has to do with transporting ballots to overseas voters.

If anyone can make sense of this, do tell us for we can’t follow it and believe that the EC is simply flummoxed by having to continually come up with excuses as to why it might be considered anything other than the junta’s slave in the rigging of the election.

As anti-election former EC commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, now a Democrat Party member pointed out, “since a single ballot would be used for both constituency MPs and parties, it was imperative that party names and logos feature prominently on the ticket.”

What’s the junta’s angle? It seems that analysts believe that because the junta’s devil party, Palang Pracharath, has been successful in poaching well-known names, the betting is that voters are likely to select names they recognize rather than being able to remember parties and names for several candidates and two ballots on the same sheet.

The junta is leaving no stone unturned in it cheating, and the EC is facilitating it.

Update: The puppet EC is flustered by criticism and the leaking of The Dictator’s ballot “proposal.” Several of its members and officials have denied that The Dictator made any such proposal, that a decision was made and is now unmade, or that the junta has manipulated the EC. This does sound rather like the recent constituency boundary controversy, where the EC did then it didn’t have boundaries ready. There’s a pattern that suggests junta meddling and the more the EC fidgets, the more it looks like a collection of puppets. The only way out for the EC is to conduct its work transparently. But there’s little chance of that.


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