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