That the election last Sunday was inconclusive and incomplete was a foregone conclusion. However, its controversial results revealed much more than many anticipated. Despite the uncertainty of the poll results, only 89.2% of which are complete, electoral democracy still works in Thailand. Eventually, it must be allowed to work within the rules of Thailand's democratic system for outcomes to be valid and sustainable.
A voter defiantly shows his ID card while sporting a victory sign to express support for the poll while anti-government protesters try to block their way to vote in the snap election on Sunday. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK
Not only do outcomes from outside the rules risk further political turmoil, they should now be seen as unnecessary. For the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesting in the streets of Bangkok and the Democrat Party that boycotted the election, winning within the system can be achieved. For the ruling Pheu Thai Party and caretaker government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, staying in office can no longer be taken for granted.