Thailand: Pheu Thai calls for clarity over election timing, and fairness and justice in run-up to poll

  • The Pheu Thai Party on 15 Jan 19 called for the junta and the government to come out and make it clearer when the general election will be held, and to ensure that the national poll will be organised with fairness and justice.
  • However, there are concerns that there would be uses of state power and state mechanism to create political advantages, which would undermine a legitimate and fair election.
  • The party has asked that the junta’s chief, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is also the prime minister, to ensure that government officials act neutrally.
  • It also argued that the Election Commission should step in to examine the government authorities’ performance and to inspect the examples of what it believes are the use of the state mechanism for the political gain of those in power.

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