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(January 25, 2019) Election Commission must assert itself - Thitinan Pongsudhirak

 Thailand is supposed to have an independent Election Commission (EC) that oversees all electoral contests from local polls to national referendums. But as Thailand heads towards a general election on March 24, the seven-member EC has appeared less than eager and enthusiastic and too beholden to government preferences in staging what will be Thailand's first election in nearly nine years.

For the upcoming poll to lead Thailand in the right direction towards popular rule and representative government, the EC must function and act independently as mandated. If the EC were to become more politicised and slip further under the military government's spell, it will likely create more questions and problems than ways forward for the country.

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1617238/election-commission-must-assert-itself


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