2019 Thailand elections - updates

Rappler's latest stories on 2019 Thailand elections


Thai junta-backed party needs few allies after election count

May 09, 2019 - 12:08 AM

The Junta-linked Palang Pracharat party now has 115 seats in the lower house, only 11 votes shy of a majority in the combined parliament thanks to 250 military-appointed senators

JUNTA-BACKED PARTY. In this file photo, candidates for the Palang Pracharath Party stand on stage in front of a screening of number one candidate and current Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, during a rally in the northeastern Thai province of Nakhon Ratchasima on March 10, 2019. File photo by Lillian  Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai demonstrators protest alleged cheating in election

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Full results will be ratified by May 9 but anger has mounted as the wait continues, prompting demonstrations at two Bangkok landmarks

Thai military accused of 'rigged' election by former PM Thaksin

Mar 25, 2019 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) The junta is primed to retain its grip on power despite only having a slight edge in the popular vote, after election officials released the first unofficial early results for seats in the lower house

THAILAND ELECTIONS. A vendor arranges newspapers at her newsstand in Bangkok on March 25, 2019 a day after Thailand's general election. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai junta party takes shock lead in first general election since 2014 coup

Mar 24, 2019 - 6:57 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The election pits a royalist junta and allies against the election-winning machine of billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra and an unpredictable wave of millions of first-time voters

HISTORIC VOTE. A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Narathiwat on March 24, 2019 during Thailand's general election. Photo by Madaree Tohlala/AFP

Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Thailand is broadly divided between pro-Shinawatra factions and an elite aligned with the military, which has portrayed itself as a stabilizing force and defender of the country's monarchy

FINAL RALLY. Thailand's junta leader and Phalang Pracharat party's candidate for prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the party's final major campaign rally in Bangkok on March 22, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Cliffhanger election looms as record number of Thais turn out for early voting

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:39 PM

With election day looming, voter enthusiasm is writ large across the country and online, with Thais sharing memes and engaging in online debate

EARLY VOTING. A woman casts her ballot during early voting in Bangkok on March 17, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election.Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Thailand to hold first election since coup on March 24

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) The poll date is set to ignite campaign season in a country where colorful and boisterous political rallies have often tipped into deadly violence

Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:21 PM

One of the military's first acts after seizing power in May 2014 was to outlaw political activity of all kinds. The ban is officially lifted on Tuesday, December 11.

A man waves a giant national flag at Democracy Monument in Bangkok on May 23, 2014. Christophe Archambault/AFP