Wait, Who Doesn’t Want an Election? (Elections in a Regional Perspective)

Supalak Ganjanakhundee Basically, ordinary people might love to have the right to choose their own representatives to sit in the top jobs in the country. Therefore, elections matter. It is strange to see a certain group of people in Thailand has come out to show their resolve against elections, on the ground that the poll might not bring ‘good’ people into governance.    While an election would not bring good people or even democracy to the politics, authoritarians in Southeast Asia indeed need elections to justify their governance. Many members of ASEAN will hold elections this year and next with a common theme of incumbent rulers trying to retain power.     Cambodia will hold a general election in July and Malaysia will have one soon before the current mandate of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition expires in August. Thailand’s junta announced a long delayed poll would be held no...


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