Thailand will hold a crucial election that will determine the future of the country and its citizens. The election was called after the prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, dissolved the House of Representatives, and now more than 50 political parties are running campaigns to attract voters.
This election comes at a critical time for Thailand, as the country faces many challenges from both internal and external factors, including global economic risk, geopolitical conflicts, and energy price volatility. As such, the outcome of this election will have a significant impact on the country’s future.
The election will be conducted under new rules, and who becomes the next prime minister and whether Gen Prayut can return to office after serving as prime minister for up to 8 years are among the key highlights of this election. As the campaign heats up, we’ll bring you the latest news, analysis, and insights into the election’s developments, so be sure to check back often for updates.
The population of Thailand was 66,090,475 as of December 2022, based on figures from the Bureau of Registration Administration, under the Department of Provincial Administration. Of this number, 64,867,433 are Thai nationals whose names appear in house registration books. A breakdown of Thai voters based on year of birth and age ranges.
Populist policies being touted by political parties to woo voters.
key figure: Paetongtarn ‘Ung Ing’ Shinawatra
leader: Gen Prawit Wongsuwon
key figure: Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
leader: Jurin Laksanawisit
leader: Pita Limjaroenrat
leader: Anutin Charnvirakul
leader: Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan
leader: Korn Chatikavanij
Parties have named their prime ministerial candidates for the election, and have submitted the names to the Election Commission.
A prime minister is elected by parliament. Candidate or candidates may be nominated by a party with at least 25 MP seats. A prime ministerial candidate must have the backing of at least 50 MPs to be considered for election by parliament. A candidate must have the support of more than 250 MPs to be elected.
(Source: Election Commission)