Election Commission Chairman Ittiporn Boonpracong announced the unofficial outcomes of the general election on Monday, with the Move Forward Party emerging as the winner with the largest number of seats. United States Ambassador Robert Godec congratulated Thailand on a successful election, stating that as a longstanding friend and ally of the nation, the U.S. eagerly anticipates the final results. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)
Ittiporn Boonpracong informed that 99% of the ballots had been tallied, and the Move Forward Party secured victory. The election saw a record voter turnout of 39,293,867, or 75.22%, out of the 52,238,594 eligible voters. This surpassed the 75.03% turnout in 2011 and was higher than the turnout during the 2019 polls, which stood at 74.87%.
Thailand witnessed tens of millions of people participating in the election as observers, poll workers, media members, candidates, and most importantly, as voters. The energy and enthusiasm displayed by the people of Thailand in exercising their democratic rights were noteworthy and commendable.
Regarding the petition filed with the Election Commission concerning Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat’s ownership of shares in a defunct media firm, Ittiporn Boonpracong stated that the issue had already undergone an investigation process. This development indicates a transparent and accountable approach to addressing any concerns or allegations, ensuring the integrity of the electoral process.
The May 14 general election’s overall success demonstrates the robustness of Thailand’s democratic institutions and the commitment of its people to participate in determining their nation’s path. As Thailand moves forward into a new chapter, the optimism and unity demonstrated during this election can serve as a foundation for continued growth and prosperity for the Southeast Asian nation.
As the world continues to face unprecedented challenges, strong and stable democracies are more important than ever. The United States, as a long-standing partner and ally, remains committed to working with Thailand on shared priorities, including security, trade, and investment, as well as addressing global challenges, such as climate change and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Working together, the two nations can maintain their enduring bond and contribute to regional and global stability and progress.
In conclusion, the May 14 general election in the Kingdom of Thailand was a significant milestone for the country’s political landscape. The record voter turnout, the transparency of the electoral process, and the emergence of the Move Forward Party as the winner point towards a bright future for the nation. As Thailand celebrates this democratic achievement, the United States reaffirms its commitment to further strengthen the partnership between the two countries, supporting one another in the pursuit of a more prosperous and secure future.