Democracy On Hold in Thailand
by gabriel_heuvelink on January 26, 2014 - 3:28pm
In the article “Thailand Protesters Force shut Down of Polling Stations” by The Associated Press, published by the CBC on January 26th 2014, the political scene of pre-election Thailand’s troubles with protesters is described. January 26th was Thailand’s advance election in preparation for next week’s general election. In the country’s capital, Bangkok, dozens of polling stations were besieged by anti-government protesters preventing other citizens from voting. Electoral officials have closed down 83 of the nation’s 375 polling stations.
Thailand’s electoral commission has been accused of taking sides with protestors, agreeing that voting should be delayed. The protestors, who call themselves the People’s Democratic Reform, are largely against the current government because of their leader, Yingluck Shinawatra. They accuse Shinawatra of being a puppet for her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, former leader of Thailand overthrown in a coup in 2006. Furthermore, the People’s Democratic Reform is insisting that a non-elected “people’s council” be set up to replace the current Prime Minister in order to establish anti-corruption measures before the next election.
In any country, a democracy always depends of the people. As we see in Thailand, the people felt that their current government is no longer a democracy and that they should take matters into their own hands. Perhaps an advisory committee from the United Nations to supervise the elections in order to make sure that the elections are as corruption free is in order?