Election in February? Debate over election inspectors raises more doubts
By Thai PBS/ For many people, there are good reasons to doubt whether the long-anticipated election will take place within the time frame as outlined in the military junta’s political roadmap? February of 2018 is the time frame that those anxious to see Thailand return to democracy through the ballot box want the military junta to stick to. But an increasing number of politicians are questioning whether it will be kept now that a new factor has emerged that has the potential to delay it. The uncertainty stems from a recent move by a group of 36 members of the junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly to amend the organic law on the Election Commission, specifically regarding the appointment of 616 provincial election inspectors for all provinces, including Bangkok Metropolis. The job of these inspectors – an average of eight for each province – is to ensure that the election is conducted...
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