Updated: How’s that election coming along?

8 01 2019

Confusion reigns,” says one report. Another points to “poll uncertainty.” What is going on? No one seems to be able to say anything much at all.

However, when “debate” turns to the need (or otherwise) for a Constitutional Court opinion on the meaning of Article 268 of the junta’s constitution, then we become suspicious that there’s something of a cover-up going on. The 150 days days bit and where it is counted allows more or less “flexibility” for the junta in having the election around the coronation.

That article of the constitution can be read in various ways and the Constitutional Court will probably help out the junta.

However, we are guessing that it doesn’t really matter and that the junta may, in the end, have to delay its “election” until after the coronation of King Vajiralongkorn.

Thus, the source of any attempted cover-up is likely to have to do with the royal decree: “Uncertainty continues as to when the election will take place with the government yet to publish a Royal Decree in the Royal Gazette.”

In fact, we at PPT don’t think the hold-up is with the “government.” The deafening quiet on the decree suggests the palace hasn’t signed off. Our hunch is that the palace won’t sign off until the junta works out how to delay the election until the king’s crowned.

Remember that The Dictator repeatedly stated that there will be no “election” until after the coronation. The coronation would only be held at a date to be decided by the king.

Now that the king has decided, the junta is in a pickle if the king won’t allow an “election” until after the coronation.

We expect that the self-declared royalists of junta are now crying in their whisky and sodas, stuck for a way out, hoping the king will come to the “election” party, but realizing he may just not want an “election.”

Update: In addition to millions of potential voters being dismayed and disappointed by the failures discussed above, hundreds of thousands of students have no idea when university entrance examinations will take place. The Ministry of Education, which already changed dates to cope with a 24 February election is now waiting for the royal decree and then the Election Commission announcing a date. It seems there’s little caring for the people from those at the top.


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8 01 2019
Election off | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] The blame lies elsewhere and Anupong’s response suggests there might not be an election for a while. […]

8 01 2019
Election off | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] The blame lies elsewhere and Anupong’s response suggests there might not be an election for a while. […]

9 01 2019
Very (North) Korea-like | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] It may be just us at PPT, but we feel there’s been a considerable uptick in royal propaganda in recent weeks. Perhaps it has to do with the cool season and the fact that royals seem to mainly be in-country and getting out. Or perhaps it is in tandem with the standoff over “election” timing. […]

9 01 2019
Very (North) Korea-like | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] It may be just us at PPT, but we feel there’s been a considerable uptick in royal propaganda in recent weeks. Perhaps it has to do with the cool season and the fact that royals seem to mainly be in-country and getting out. Or perhaps it is in tandem with the standoff over “election” timing. […]