EC announces 350 election constituencies with one MP for each
The Election Commission has announced that there will be 350 members of Parliament representing 350 constituencies in 77 provinces in the next election.
According to the EC’s announcement published in the Royal Gazette on Tuesday, Bangkok will have the largest number of 30 MPs, followed by Nakhon Ratchasima’s 14, ten each for Ubon Ratchathani and Khon Kaen.
Provinces which will have just on MP include Nakhon Nayok, Phang-nga, Mae Hong Son, Ranong, Samut Songkhram, Sing Buri and Ang Thong.
The remaining provinces will have MPs numbering between 2-9. Under the Constitution, however, there will be another 150 MPs from the party lists.
Thailand’s census as of December 31, 2017 published in the Royal Gazette putting the population at 66,188,503 was used as the basis to calculate the number of MPs to be elected in the election next year. On average, an MP represents 189,110 people.
The exact election date is yet to be fixed by the Election Commission. It will be any day from February 24 until the first week of May next year.
Election campaigning is still banned although most political restrictions have been eased.