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People's Network for Elections

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Sunday's Election Unlikely to End Thailand's Political Deadlock

www.china.org.cn [cached]

Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, coordinator of the People's Network for Elections (P-Net), a non governmental organization, predicted that since many "absent ion" boxes will appear during Sunday's elections, by-elections will definitely be held following and the first House of Representatives session will not be able to convene within 30 days as required by law.

According to the constitution of Thailand, all the 500 seats of parliament's lower house must be filled for a prime minister to be elected and a government formed.And even in an uncontested constituency, a candidate must win 20 percent of the eligible vote for that particular seat to win.
Therefore, analysts estimated that Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party will struggle to meet this 20 percent threshold in at least 60 constituencies and by-elections would be held in these constituencies where only one TRT candidate is contesting.
There is also a high possibility that by-elections would be held more than one times in some of these constituencies, making it impossible for the House of Representatives to hold its first meeting within 30 days of the election as required by law, Somchai said.


Bangkok Post News

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Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, co-ordinator for the People's Network for Elections (P-net) said the organisation's network will split into smaller units for more effective checks against vote-buying and abuse of state power to rig elections.


english.eastday.com

english.eastday.com [cached]

Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, coordinator of the People's Network for Elections (P-Net), a non governmental organization, predicted that since many "absent ion" boxes will appear during Sunday's elections, by-elections will definitely be held following and the first House of Representatives session will not be able to convene within 30 days as required by law.According to the constitution of Thailand, all the 500 seats of parliament's lower house must be filled for a prime minister to be elected and a government formed.And even in an uncontested constituency, a candidate must win 20 percent of the eligible vote for that particular seat to win.Therefore, analysts estimated that Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party will struggle to meet this 20 percent threshold in at least 60 constituencies and by-elections would be held in these constituencies where only one TRT candidate is contesting.There is also a high possibility that by-elections would be held more than one times in some of these constituencies, making it impossible for the House of Representatives to hold its first meeting within 30 days of the election as required by law, Somchai said.


"We want the debate to be ...

www.bangkokpost.co.th [cached]

"We want the debate to be a forum for people to make the right decision, whether to vote for or against the new charter," coordinator Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said.

"We believe that most people will not read right through the copy of the new charter that was mailed to their home as it contains many passages which are difficult to read and understand in just a short time."
P-Net was setting up mobile units in 41 provinces to ensure that the referendum will be free and fair, he said.


Bangkok's Independent Newspaper

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With political strife continuing every day, P-Net forecast three scenarios for when the Election Commission (EC) announces the April 2 election results, coordinator Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said.

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