Plotting the path to a new democracy

Plotting the path to a new democracy

Jarungvith Phumma is the man who must pave the way for a general election

New Election Commission secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma has pledged to help to make elections cleaner and fairer. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)
New Election Commission secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma has pledged to help to make elections cleaner and fairer. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)

At the age of 59, Jarungvith Phumma believes the role of Election Commission (EC) secretary-general will give him the opportunity to ensure a democratic culture takes root in Thai politics.

What Pol Col Jarungvith dreams of is a society in which people choose representatives of their own accord and where their choices are not driven by money. How the country is to be run and who should run it should also not be tied to a precondition that any impasse leads to a military intervention, he believes.

When asked what strategies should be implemented to realise an ideal democratic culture, the former police officer sighed.

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