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Election Commission Chairman Ittiporn Boonpracong Addresses Complaints in Senate Election Amidst Controversy

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In the wake of the Senate election, the buzz has swirled around the slew of complaints arising from the seemingly tumultuous process. However, Election Commission chairman Ittiporn Boonpracong has assured the public that the investigations will not put a damper on the scheduled announcement of the final results. With his eye firmly on the finish line, Mr. Ittiporn addressed the media post-Sunday’s provincial-level elections, where the EC tallied 80 complaints ranging from irregularities to outright collusion.

“These complaints arrived thick and fast, but we are committed to addressing them expediently,” Mr. Ittiporn remarked, emphasizing the EC’s resolve to uphold justice and fairness in the election process. While 78 of these complaints were district-level grievances, the remaining two were flagged during provincial-level elections. Allegations have surfaced accusing some candidates of being hired to participate, thus flouting election laws.

In spite of this, Mr. Ittiporn remains staunch: “Announcing the final results by July 2 is non-negotiable. We are on it, ensuring that every complaint is thoroughly investigated yet swiftly handled. Justice will be served to all candidates.”

The sheer scale of the elections is impressive, with 23,645 candidates who triumphed in district-level selections vying for a spot in the provincial-level round across 77 provinces. These elections whittled down the number to 3,080 contenders, who will compete for the coveted 200 national-level seats on June 26 at Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi.

The frenzy has seen several high-profile names stumble. Among them, Santhana Prayoonrat, a former Special Branch officer aiming for a Senate spot in Bangkok, has cast a shadow of suspicion over the process. His resolve to contest the results post-announcement is a stark reminder of the election’s contested nature.

Others, including former election commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn and Sonthiya Sawasdee, a prior adviser on law, justice, and human rights, also found their senatorial aspirations dashed at the provincial level.

Under the 2017 constitution, the incoming Senate comprises 200 members from 20 professional groups, with 10 seats divvied up per group. Far from being a straightforward public election, candidates elect peers from within and across their professional guilds in a meticulous three-phased process – district, provincial, and finally, national.

At the district stage, groups internally elect the top five candidates to proceed to an inter-group election. This phase narrows the field to the top three per group – a total of 60 contenders making it to the provincial level. Sunday’s provincial election further tightened the competition, allowing only the top two candidates from each group to advance to the national stage, where the final 10 out of each 20 groups will secure their Senate seats.

Adding more intrigue to the mix, caretaker senator Somchai Swangkarn has claimed that the provincial-level voting laid bare a systemic manipulation. He alleges some participants are hired hands, strategically placed to vote for candidates favored by influential parties or vested interest groups. These allegations of concerted efforts to tilt the election’s scales add yet another layer of complexity to an already intense political drama.

As the clock ticks down to the July 2 announcement, all eyes are on the Election Commission to see how promptly and effectively they will address the complaints, ensuring a fair process that honors the integrity of the democratic exercise.


  1. Alan June 16, 2024

    I can’t believe how corrupt the election process has become. Hiring candidates? What a joke!

    • Mary J June 16, 2024

      It’s a systemic issue rooted in the political culture. Changing it will take more than just investigations.

      • Alan June 16, 2024

        Sure, but we need transparency and accountability. Without that, democracy is doomed.

      • Sophie A June 16, 2024

        Transparency is key, but don’t forget the role of voter education. People need to understand these issues to demand change.

      • maryjfan4life June 16, 2024

        Agree, Sophie! If voters are educated, they won’t fall for such tactics.

    • John D. June 16, 2024

      It’s not just this election; this has been happening for years. We need a complete overhaul.

  2. politics_nerd101 June 16, 2024

    Are you really surprised? This is politics we’re talking about. Cynicism is justified here.

    • Sarah L June 16, 2024

      True, but if we all just become cynical and do nothing, nothing will ever change.

  3. Jennifer W June 16, 2024

    The fact that even former high-profile names are being caught in this mess is revealing. The system is flawed to its core.

    • Marcus June 16, 2024

      Flawed, yes, but not beyond repair. We need a collective effort to address these issues.

      • Jennifer W June 16, 2024

        Perhaps, but it’s hard to stay optimistic when every election has these kinds of scandals.

  4. gregT2023 June 16, 2024

    Why not just have international observers monitor the entire process? That might deter some of the corruption.

    • Nina June 16, 2024

      Would that really work though? External monitors can only do so much.

  5. Tommy June 16, 2024

    This whole issue highlights why some people don’t even bother voting. They think their vote doesn’t matter.

    • Lucy B June 16, 2024

      That’s the worst thing to do. By not voting, you’re letting corruption win.

    • Tommy June 16, 2024

      I get that, but it’s hard to convince people when they see this level of corruption.

    • Arnold K June 16, 2024

      It’s a vicious cycle – corruption leads to voter apathy, and apathy enables more corruption.

  6. Sanjay June 16, 2024

    I think we need stricter penalties for those found guilty of election fraud. It might deter future misconduct.

  7. Elena June 16, 2024

    I’m skeptical that anything meaningful will come from these investigations. They’re likely just for show.

    • Markus L June 16, 2024

      I share your skepticism, but public pressure can sometimes push for real change.

  8. Liberty76 June 16, 2024

    This is why we need a robust and independent judiciary. Only then can we hope to have free and fair elections.

  9. Hannah June 16, 2024

    It’s astounding that despite all these complaints, the final results will still be announced on time. Seems fishy.

    • Samuel June 16, 2024

      Yes, it’s like they’re rushing the results to avoid scrutiny. Classic tactic.

  10. Dylan June 16, 2024

    If there’s clear evidence of wrongdoing, why are these results even being considered valid?

  11. Jane D. June 16, 2024

    The bigger concern is that systematic changes are not being made. Future elections will have the same issues.

  12. Kevin June 16, 2024

    Interesting how nearly all political systems seem to suffer from these same problems. Makes you wonder if true democracy is even possible.

    • Willow June 16, 2024

      Good point. Maybe democracy has inherent flaws that need addressing on a global scale.

  13. Ella June 16, 2024

    The allegations are serious. If not addressed properly, this could severely undermine the legitimacy of the Senate.

  14. Chris June 16, 2024

    Imagine participating honestly and then finding out your competitors are cheats. Must be infuriating!

    • Leo P June 16, 2024

      Exactly, and it deters capable individuals from participating in politics.

  15. beehive June 16, 2024

    What about the integrity of the candidates themselves? Are background checks even a thing?

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