Thailand parliamentary election news

Parliamentary elections in Thailand are unique. Bangkok Pundit cites section 74 of the election law that says there is no such thing a a sure win for an unopposed candidate–he must get at least 20% of all eligible votes. Voters who want him to lose can cast a “No” vote instead. There are some voters, however, who exercise their right to vote differently. Some write messages like “Thaksin get out” on their ballots. A political science lecturer opted to tear up his ballot in front of the TV cameras. Newshound in BKK has a photo and a write-up on the latter.

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  • […] Thai bloggers Bangkok Pundit and Bookish are still discussing the turnout in the parliamentary elections. Bookish thinks that the legal status of the spoiled ballots will probably end up in court. Meanwhile, caretaker PM Thaksin Shinawatra has gone on national television–what Bookish calls the first mover’s advantage to announce that his Thai Rak Thai Party has won 60% of the votes cast–a figure that the Election Commission has not confirmed. […]

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