Press "Enter" to skip to content

EC’s Sawang Boonmee Clarifies Senate Election Stance Amid Political Storm in Thailand

Order Cannabis Online Order Cannabis Online

In an electrifying twist to the political saga that’s swept the nation, the Election Commission (EC) boldly steps forward to defend its much-debated stance on the Senate election rules. Amidst the whirlwind of critiques and raised eyebrows, EC secretary-general Sawang Boonmee stands steadfast, asserting that the commission hasn’t overstepped its bounds by even a hairline fracture.

Let’s set the scene: A buzzing controversy surrounds the upcoming Senate elections like bees around a hive. Critics are pointing fingers, alleging that the EC might just be playing a game of Monopoly with its regulations. Yet, according to our main man Sawang, everything is playing out exactly as it’s scripted in the constitution and an organic law. Talk about staying within the lines!

Diving into the heart of the matter, the 2017 charter unfurls an intriguing blueprint for the new Senate – a gathering of 200 members, cherry-picked from 20 professional groups. But here’s the kicker: Joe Public doesn’t get to drop a vote in this particular electoral hat. Instead, the candidates turn into a closed circle of judges, casting votes amongst themselves. Exclusive, much?

Sawang elucidates the rhyme behind the regulation rhythm, highlighting that the EC’s role is akin to a referee ensuring a fair play amongst candidates. Their rule book? Designed to ensure compliance without overreaching. “It’s the law, not us,” says Sawang, pushing back on the idea that the general public could have a say in the Senate elections. Welcome to the VIP room, where only the candidates get to mingle.

The plot thickens as, on a Wednesday not so long ago, a quartet of hopeful candidates stepped into the limelight, wielding a petition like a sword. Their target? The EC’s regulations — specifically the ones that handcuff their freedom of expression tighter than Houdini’s straightjacket. Flashpoint issues included Regulation No.7’s A4-sized poster limitation and Regulation No.11’s gag order on media chats. Their plea to the Administrative Court? Put these regulations on ice until justice can run its course.

Despite the public’s ringside seat to the Senate selection show, Sawang reassures that the crowd can still role-play as detectives, piecing together the candidates’ mysteries post-application deadline. Their tools? The EC’s Smart Vote app and website, showcasing a virtual parade of candidates and their dossiers. Plus, candidates can still whisper sweet nothings (or strategic somethings) via email and Line chats.

As for keeping the Senate election clean and collusion-free, Sawang hints at a magical mystery plan to deter voting conspiracies. Picture this: a world where “organised voting” schemes – think: joining the race solely to boost another candidate’s chances – are as passe as flip phones.

So, as the curtain rises on this electoral drama, one thing’s crystal clear: the EC is playing a game of chess, not checkers, meticulously moving pieces within the legal lines. Will their strategy silence the critics or fuel further fire? Only time will whisper the tale.


  1. SiamVoice May 2, 2024

    Sawang Boonmee claims the EC is not overstepping, but it’s hard to believe. Why not let the public vote on Senate members if everything is so above board?

    • TruthSeeker May 2, 2024

      Exactly my point! It’s all about power control. The public should have a say in every part of the governance, including the Senate.

      • BangkokBill May 2, 2024

        It’s not about control but ensuring a check and balance system. The Senate’s structure is meant to maintain stability, not suppress voices.

      • SiamVoice May 2, 2024

        Stability or not, transparency is key. And right now, it feels anything but transparent.

    • LegalEagle May 2, 2024

      From a legal perspective, it’s all within the bounds of the 2017 charter. The EC is merely following what’s prescribed by law.

      • SiamVoice May 2, 2024

        Law or not, it doesn’t feel democratic.

  2. PhuketPundit May 2, 2024

    The real issue here isn’t the EC or Sawang Boonmee, but the outdated regulations that restrict free speech among candidates.

    • TechGuru May 2, 2024

      Exactly, and why limit campaign posters to A4 size? It’s not like we’re in the 20th century. Digital campaigns should be the focus.

      • DigitalNomad May 2, 2024

        Right, it’s absurd. But then again, digital campaigning could lead to its own set of issues without proper regulations.

  3. PattayaPlayboy May 2, 2024

    Everyone’s missing the big picture. Sawang and the EC might just be the scapegoats in a larger political chess game.

  4. DemocracyDude May 2, 2024

    This Senate election process feels like a closed shop. The ‘organised voting’ crackdown will just make it harder for genuine candidates.

    • OptimistOlly May 2, 2024

      I don’t know, maybe the EC’s onto something. A clean election is the goal, right? If it means cracking down on schemers, so be it.

  5. Rachel May 2, 2024

    Can someone explain why the public doesn’t vote on Senate members? I’m genuinely confused by this.

    • HistoryBuff May 2, 2024

      It’s a complicated issue but stems from the 2017 charter’s attempt to balance power. The idea was to prevent any single party from having too much control, for better or worse.

  6. grower134 May 2, 2024

    If Sawang Boonmee says they’re within legal limits, I bet there’s something fishy. Always question authority.

    • Skeptic101 May 2, 2024

      Healthy skepticism is good, but what evidence is there? We can’t just assume wrongdoing without proof.

  7. FreedomFighter May 2, 2024

    Regulation No.7 and No.11 are straight-up censorship. Since when did silence become a part of the democratic process?

  8. BangkokBill May 2, 2024

    Interesting take on the EC’s role. But isn’t oversight necessary to prevent utter chaos and corruption?

    • AnarchyAdvocate May 3, 2024

      Oversight, yes. Overreach, no. There’s a fine line, and some of us think the EC crossed it.

  9. Order Cannabis Online Order Cannabis Online

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More from ThailandMore posts in Thailand »