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Thailand: complaints about massive irregularities

After the first parliamentary election in Thailand since the military coup of 2014, the party of the military government, according to the first results. The an

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Thailand: complaints about massive irregularities

After the first parliamentary election in Thailand since the military coup of 2014, the party of the military government, according to the first results. The announcement of the final result was delayed on Monday.

The election Commission would announce the preliminary result is actually already Sunday evening, said the announcement. There have been countless complaints about irregularities in the counting and in the vote itself.

After counting of 93 percent of the votes, the election Commission had announced on Sunday evening that almost 1.9 million votes had been declared invalid. Earlier partial results had shown that in some provinces more than half of the votes cancelled.

In Online networks, the speech was to assume that mass voting cards had been declared invalid. In addition, it is to have vote-buying and intimidation of voters in the polling stations.

Many observers of the access to choice was denied to local, such as the Organisation We Watch criticized. An Online Petition, which called for a dissolution of the election Commission, has already been signed by 400 000 people.

election Commission asks for patience

The election Commission will announce the provisional allocation of seats in the lower house and now in the evening. Secretary-General Jarungvith Phumma asked at a press conference to be patient.

Thailand is "not like other countries that have a day is a choice, and the next day to form a government". Questions about irregularities in the election, he dodged. He went from "human error".

The part according to the results of the military close to the party of Junta chief Prayut Chan lay-O-Cha in management. After the counting of more than 90 percent of the votes, the election Commission had announced that 7.6 million people would have voted for the party Phalang Pracharat. The were almost half a Million more votes than Pheu Thai from the camp of Ex-government chief Thaksin Shinawatra.

In may 2014, had a military coup by the military against the then head of government Yingluck Shinawatra. Your 2006 as Prime Minister entmachteter brother Thaksin lives according to his conviction for abuse of office in exile, but plays more important role for Thailand's Opposition.

Opposition hopes the lower house-majority

The military government had promised after the coup to hand over Power within 18 months to a civilian government. The parliamentary elections, but was postponed several times.

General Prayut took on Sunday as the top candidate for Phalang Pracharat, at the head of a civilian government to govern. With the voice ahead of the Pheu Thai his chances would be good.

Pheu Thai's top candidate, Sudarat Keyuraphan showed on Monday confident to still come to a majority of the seats in the lower house. Your party got from the "people" of the mandate to form a government, she said. Pheu Thai hopes to be able to form a coalition with other parties from the democratic Opposition make about the new Anti-Junta party, Future Forward, get out of the state more than five million votes, especially young voters.

privileges for military secured

The Junta is in the choice, however, is a clear advantage: In August 2016, they had put in a controversial referendum on a new Constitution. This is the army, among other things, the right to determine all of the 250 members of the upper house. You needed therefore only 126 deputies in the 500 seats, the counting house, to be able to form a government. However, the Junta-opponent 376 seats in the lower house, in order to have the simple majority of the 750 seats in Parliament.

Should prevail, nevertheless, the Anti-Junta parties, is not ruled out a further military coup. The election has revealed to followers in addition, the old rifts in Thai society between Thaksin supporters and the conservative royalists and the Military. (Dec/sda)

Created: 25.03.2019, 13:58 PM

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