Election2019

Many “Firsts” mark today’s Thai election

Some 51 million Thais are eligible to go to poll today after more than four years of military rule, for a highly-craved general election to decide the immediate futures of…

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Election 2019 Final Words : Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

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Election 2019 Final Words : Anutin Charnvirakul

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Election 2019 Final Words : Sudarat Keyuraphan

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Election 2019 Final Words : Abhisit Vejjajiva

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Election 2019 Final Words : Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha

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Parties launch final election push for votes in Bangkok

After most major parties wrapped campaigning Friday night, the pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party today used a convoy of campaign trucks in a last-minute bid to reach out to Bangkok’s voters. Core party members and candidates…

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Early voting ballots get police escort to 350 constituencies

Election ballots cast by both local and overseas early voters and which have already been sorted at Lak Si post office in Bangkok, are being transported in a convoy of…

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Abhisit admits “no to Prayut” stand is not yet his party’s resolution

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva made clear today that his recent announcement that he will not support Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return to joining pro-Thaksin parties in forming the post-election…

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EC says Gen Prayut’s nomination as PM candidate is legal

The Election Commission (EC) has ruled that the Palang Pracharat party’s nomination of General Prayut Chan-o-cha as its prime ministerial candidate is legitimate.   An EC press release today said that the commission had considered a…

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Analysis: Pheu Thai camp tones down ambitions

The pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai Party was aiming for the sky until it shot itself in the foot with the dissolution of its political off-shoot Thai Raksa Chart. Now it’s trying…

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Billionaire-turned-politician Thanathorn to put assets into blind trust

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit announced today that he would place all his personal assets into a “blind trust” to set an ethical standard for political office holders in…

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Election Commission reports 86 % turnout in early voting

As many as 86.98 per cent of the 2.6 million registered early voters nation-wide turned up to cast their votes yesterday with only few minors hiccups reported in Thailand’s first general…

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City Hall reports over 87 percent early voter turnout in Bangkok

More than 800,000, or 87.22% of the 900,000 registered early voters in Bangkok went to the polls yesterday, according to City Clerk Mrs. Silpasuey Raveesangsoon. Bang Kapi district saw the…

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Pheu Thai party’s new campaign gimmick – a “savings lottery”

Many Thais have a penchant for gambling while having no real savings. Now the Pheu Thai party is offering them a new type of lottery which combines an enticement to…

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75 percent turnout in active, trouble-free early voting

The Election Commission (EC) described today’s early voting as smooth and trouble-free, with 75% of the two million registered early voters casting ballots ahead of the general election next Sunday….

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A huge crowd of voters queue up to cast their votes at the polling station at Sukhothai School in Dusit area, Bangkok.

Huge crowds turn up for early voting

Hundreds of thousands of voters across the country today turned up for early voting in Thailand’s first democratic general elections in almost eight years. Thai PBS news teams reported long…

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Gen Prem casts early vote

Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda cast his vote in early voting on a school campus in Dusit area, Bangkok, this morning. Gen Prem, 99, emerged from a van in a…

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General Prem among 900,000 to cast early votes tomorrow

Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda will be among some 900,000 early voters in Bangkok to cast their general election ballots tomorrow. About two million people registered as early voters nation-wide. The first public appearance of…

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Thailand’s leading academics taking part in the election forum organized by Thai PBS last week

“Unpredictable, messy” is how the March-24 election is seen by academics

The March-24 is anything but predictable. That’s the general consensus among some of Thailand’s leading academics and political experts just less than a week away from the first general election…

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Palang Pracharat promises 400-450 baht minimum wage to woo voters

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party has come up with a set of populist policies ahead of the general election just nine days away, including a daily national minimum wage of 400-450 baht. When unveiling the…

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Palang Pracharat promises 400-450 baht minimum wage to woo voters

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party has come up with a set of populist policies ahead of the general election just nine days away, including a daily national minimum wage of 400-450 baht. When unveiling the…

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Why voting “no” has become an issue

The on-going probe by the Election Commission into a campaign by some of the politicians belonging to the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart Party for voters to “vote no” in the…

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ThaiPBS World – Conversation with first-time candidates

In this upcoming election there are a lot of young blood politicians, they play a big role in the election 2019 with their ambitions.

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ThaiPBS World – Conversation with Phetchompoo Kijburana

Phetchompoo Kijburana one of the youngest politician in this upcoming election. The oversea-educated politician who has full of ambitions to develop the country

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ThaiPBS World – Conversation with Thanathorn

Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit the leader of Future Forward Party Just less than a year ago, he was virtually unknown to most people. But within months after he threw his hat into…

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Palang Pracharat promises 400-450 baht minimum wage to woo voters

The pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party has come up with a set of populist policies ahead of the general election just nine days away, including a daily national minimum wage of 400-450 baht. When unveiling the…

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Somkid and Democrat deputy leader Korn in war of words

A war of words has broken out between Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Democrat party deputy leader Korn Chatikavanich over Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva’s recent plea to voters to reject General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s as post-election prime…

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Ex-TRC candidates to be probed for trying to “influence” voters

The Election Commission (EC) has ordered an investigation into the conduct of some former candidates of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart party who have reportedly urged their supporters to vote…

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Suthep urges Democrat supporters not to vote for the party

In an apparent escalating verbal attack against Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai party founder Suthep Thuagsuban called on supporters of the Democrats not to vote for the party…

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Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha: Fighting to protect his legacy

Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the prime minister and head of the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), has decided to stop being a “referee” to become a player himself….

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Abhisit Vejjajiva: On the horns of a dilemma

Abhisit Vejjajiva was once a young political heartthrob, but his tough choice now has nothing to do with girls. The Democrat Party leader and former prime minister will have to…

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Sudarat Keyuraphan: Riding on anti-military wave to political rebirth

Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, widely tipped to become only the second female prime minister of Thailand, has more political experiences than most other prime ministerial candidates. Having been a leading figure…

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Chadchart Sittipunt: A reluctant prime minister candidate?

Chadchart Sittipunt is featuring highly in popularity polls, being in many cases neck and neck with strong favourite Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha. Of the current crop of leading prime ministerial candidates,…

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Thanathorn: How a rich kid transforms himself

Dubbed somewhat ironically as the “billionaire commoner”, Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is relatively new to politics but has been generally looked at as a promising prime ministerial candidate….

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Anutin Charnvirakul: From low-profile businessman to PM aspirant

Anutin Charnvirakul is a pilot, and quite a few analysts believe he can fly high politically after the March 24 election.   Leading the Bhumjaithai Party, he has registered the…

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Fighting populism with more populism?

The lead–up to the March–24 general election sees an unprecedented clash of populist policies.  Absent in the debate, however, are convincing ideas as to how they would be financed.   …

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Abhisit says no to Prayut’s return as post-election prime minister

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva made it clear today that he will definitely not support Prayut Chan-o-cha as the post-election prime minister. In a short video clip, uploaded on social media today, Abhisit explained…

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Pro-Thanathorn website pulls support for Future Forward party

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has been dealt another blow after a website has withdrawn its support, claiming that the firebrand politician had stooped to gutter politics by promising to bring fugitive former prime…

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Thai embassy in KL overwhelmed with early voters

Over 4,000 Thai nationals working in Malaysia turned up at the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur today to cast their ballots in early voting.    The long queue of waiting voters spilled out of…

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Sudarat questions credibilty of senator selection

Pheu Thai party’s chief election strategist Sudarat Keyuraphan has questioned the credibility of the selection of 194 senators by the military junta, officially called the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). She pointed out…

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Military officers to dominate NCPO-appointed Senate

The 194 senators to be handpicked by the Thailand’s military junta, which is officially known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), are expected to be dominated by…

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Representatives from four political parties join the election debate on environment policies organized by Thai PBS on Thursday night.

Political parties unveil environment and clean air policies

Despite the overwhelming news coverage given to on-going political bickering dominating the current election campaign, several politicians still manage to make their voices heard on crucial – yet under-reported —…

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Thai Raksa Chart party members can campaign for other parties

Members, as well as former executive committee members of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart, may help campaign for other parties and candidates, Election Commission secretary-general Jarungvidh Phumma said today. However,…

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Representatives of five political parties taking part in an election debate organized by Thai PBS Wednesday night on the issue of state welfare.

Populist policies dominate election campaigning

Populist polices in one form or another seem to be dominating the debate for the upcoming general election. And a welfare state appears to be most common catchword. Representatives of…

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Analysis: How dissolution changes complexion of Thai political game

The mathematical context of the March 24 Thai general election does not change in the wake of the Constitutional Court’s dissolution of the Thai RaksaChart Party. The Pheu Thai-led alliance still needs 376…

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Politicians taking part in the Thai PBS election forum on how they hope to tackle corruption problem on Tuesday night.

How politicians think they can fight corruption

Politicians competing in the March-24 general election agree that corruption is a scourge that is undermining the Thai society and dealing with it will be one of their priorities if…

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Young politicians making their election debut during an election debate organized by Thai PBS on Friday night.

Political new-comers want to see change

The March-24 general election sees not only a huge number of first-time voters but also a large number of young politicians making their political debut. Representatives of five political parties,…

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Representatives of Future Forward, Democrat, Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai and Prachachat parties during the forum on military and police reform organized by Thai PBS Thursday night.

Talks of military reform dominate election campaigning

Reforming the military has become a battle cry for several political parties contesting the upcoming general election. Downsizing the armed forces and cutting back defence budget as well as replacing…

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Representatives of the Democrat, Future Forward, Chart Pattana and Pheu Thai parties taking part in the forum on foreign policy challenges facing post-election government organized by Thai PBS Wednesday night.

Politicians agree dealing with China is major challenge for post-election administration 

In an election dominated by political polarization and bread-and-butter issues, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that foreign policy has been put on the backburner. But candidates in the upcoming…

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Representatives of five political parties offer their platforms on basic economic problems during an election forum organized by Thai PBS on Tuesday.

Solving bread-and-butter issues for agricultural sector key policy for parties

Tackling bread-and-butter issues was the focus of the debate of representatives of five political parties taking part in an election forum organized by Thai PBS on Tuesday night. They took…

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Representatives of six political parties at the forum on Thailand’s political future organized by Thai PBS on Monday night.

Major parties optimistic about Thailand’s future after election

Representatives of six major political parties taking part in a debate forum organized by Thai PBS on Monday night expressed optimism that Thailand will see a smooth political transition after…

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A huge crowd of voters queue up to cast their votes at the polling station at Sukhothai School in Dusit area, Bangkok.

The electoral system is the key

The March-24 general election is being seen as a major political transition for Thailand. It will see a contest between those wanting to see the country return to full democracy…

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Why the role of the non-elected Senate will be crucial

Though not elected, the Senate will play a very important role in Thailand’s Thai post-election politics.   The non-elected 250 senators representing a wide range of professions will be hand-picked by…

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Why first-time voters are important

The last time Thai people went to the poll was back in 2011. In this upcoming election, out of a population of 66 million, 51 million will be eligible to…

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