Thailand morning news for March 26

Thailand morning news for March 26

Thailand morning newsThailand general election result in tatters as votes exceed voters
Thais went to the polls yesterday (March 24) in the first general election since the Thai military seized power in May, 2014. The result may be a win for the country, but it has seen the country’s Election Commission’s (ECs) reputation in tatters.
— AEC News Today

Thailand Election Results Delayed; Anti-junta Party Claims Win
Thailand’s election commission says it will release full vote counts from the first election since a 2014 coup on Friday as the anti-junta party claimed it won the most seats and will try to form a government.
— News18

Thailand election: Confusion as results of post-coup vote delayed
There is confusion in Thailand over the outcome of the first election in the country since the army took power in a coup in 2014.

Unofficial poll results delayed again as complaints mount
Late on Monday afternoon, the Election Commission (EC) said with 95% of the vote counted, its latest unofficial figures gave Pheu Thai 137 constituency seats and Palang Pracharat 79, followed by Bhumjaithai with 39, the Democrats with 33 and Future Forward with 30. 150 seats were yet to be decided.
— Bangkok Post

Pheu Thai wins the Lower House – Unofficial from the EC
The Election Commission has just announced the official tally for constituency MPs, showing that Pheu Thai Party has won 138 of the 350 seats on offer. Phalang Pracharat, meanwhile, came in second with 96 seats, trailed by Bhumjaithai with 39. The Democrats only won 33 seats, while Future Forward …
— The Thaiger

Breaking Down Thailand’s Election and Economy
Kitipong Urapeepatanapong, Bangkok chairman at Baker & McKenzie discusses Thailand’s election, the economy, the policies he think need to be implemented to improve the economy, the role China will play in their growth and the biggest risk he sees for the Thailand economy.
— Bloomberg

Thailand election: Rival camps woo allies amid confusion over results
Two rival camps contesting Thailand’s first election since the military coup in 2014 have both said they are trying to form a coalition government.

Pheu Thai, Palang Pracharath in race to form post-election coalition
Palang Pracharath and Pheu Thai parties have launched rival efforts to cobble up a coalition government, with each claiming mandate from the Sunday election which sees the two parties clinching the most seats but with neither having a decisive lead.
— Thai PBS World

‘Confusing’ Thai election vote count caused by media: Election Commission
The Thai Election Commission (EC) blamed media organisations for what is largely seen as a confusing vote count marred by alleged irregularities hours after tens of millions of Thais cast their vote to elect a new government on Sunday (Mar 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Three parasail operators caught with unsafe equipment
Three parasailing operators at Kata Beach were found today to have unsafe parasailing equipment, the Phuket Marine Office has confirmed.
— The Phuket News

Thai election leaves country deeply divided, Prayut set to remain PM
A national election billed as a referendum on Thailand’s acceptance of military rule has failed to produce a clear mandate from voters, with the country set to contend with fraught power negotiations and a deeply split parliament.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Post-polls calm essential for investment, says chamber
Thai Chamber of Commerce chairman Kalin Sarasin on Monday urged the government to ensure peace and order in the wake of the polls, to maintain continued growth in investment and tourism.
— Bangkok Post

Patong starts deploying free emergency water for residents
Phuket Municipality has begin rolling out free emergency water supply to residents in Phuket’s busiest tourism town as reduced pressure in the mains water supply has left many without any running water at all.
— The Phuket News

Thai parties jostle for power after 1st election since coup
A military-backed party that based on unofficial results won the most votes in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup said Monday it will try to form a government, after a rival party also claimed it had the right to govern.
— AP

Thaksin: Election ‘rigged’ as allies challenge army
Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra called Sunday’s election “rigged” and warned the junta would seek to retain power no matter which coalition emerges.
— Bangkok Post

FPO ready to cut 2019 outlook
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) looks set to slash its forecast for the country’s economic growth this year to below 4% in April after a dismal export tally.
— Bangkok Post

Full Election Result to Be Released May 9: Commission
The Election Commission said Monday afternoon the full official election result would be released in May, asking people to “wait a little longer.”
— Khaosod English

Isaan votes against military rule, Pheu Thai rules at the ballot box
In first election since the coup in 2014, Isaan voters widely rejected military rule and handed Pheu Thai Party a strong mandate.
— Isaan Record

AirAsia apologises for ‘Get off in Thailand’ advert
The advert containing the phrase “Get off in Thailand” was posted around the city of Brisbane to promote the airline’s direct route to Bangkok.

Ratchaburi ceramics company to deliver holy water vessels to govt
A ceramics company based in Ratchaburi province has prepared to transport to the Ministry of Interior holy water vessels to be used in the royal coronation ceremony.

Future Forward sets 3 conditions
The Future Forward Party has laid down three conditions for it to join a coalition, but proposing its leader as prime minister or bargaining for some ministerial seats is not one of them, according to its leader.
— Bangkok Post

SET plunges on poll results, US recession fears
Thai shares shed 20.38 points as the country awaits the final results of the country’s first election since the 2014 coup, while other Southeast Asian stock markets ended lower on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Two Future Forward candidates win Pheu Thai strongholds in Chiang Rai
Two long-time champions of the Pheu Thai Party in Chiang Rai have been defeated by candidates of the new Future Forward Party in yesterday’s general election.
— The Thaiger

American wins Miss International Queen transgender pageant in Pattaya
American Jazell Barbie Royale bested contestants from 20 countries to be named the winner of the 2019 Miss International Queen transgender pageant in Pattaya.
— Pattaya Mail

Royal Thai Police state that voting was orderly, on the lookout for post election trouble
Bangkok- Police around the country are prosecuting 50 violations of election laws and are monitoring the post-poll situation for further signs of trouble.
— The Pattaya News

Free water schedules for residents in Patong and Rassada
Authorities have announced schedules of free water distribution for residents in Patong and Rassada.
— The Thaiger

Surprises, Snubs of Thailand’s 2019 Election
Here are the highlights of those who, against all odds, achieved remarkable results at the polls and those who aimed high but left a lot to desire.
— Khaosod English

Key developments from Thailand’s post-coup election
A military-backed party appears to have won the most votes in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup after tilting the electoral system in its favor.
— Pattaya Mail

Guyanese man, 62, arrested in Phuket for age-old ‘black money scam’
Police are investigating a network still using the old “black money” scam after a 62-year-old man from Guyana was arrested in Phuket and is now under investigation for fraud reportedly amounting to B9 million.
— The Phuket News

Voters turn against well-known politicians, opt for new parties
Voters turned against quite a few prominent former members of parliament on Sunday, instead voting for candidates of the Palang Pracharath (PPRP) or Future Forward (FFP) parties.
— Bangkok Post

Power outage in parts of Chalong tomorrow
Residents of Chalong should be aware that there is a scheduled power outage from 9am to 4.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) as the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area.
— The Thaiger

Thainet Cries ‘Dirtiest Election’ in Wake of Confusing Poll Night
Anger and accusations of possible fraud exploded across the internet Monday as the nation awaits the results of the much-anticipated general election, the first in five years since the military seized power in a coup.
— Khaosod English

Sacred water from provinces for Coronation ceremonies 80-90% prepared
Preparations for sacred water from provinces to be used during the Coronation ceremonies have already progressed by 80-90 percent, said Deputy Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Phornphot Phenphas.
— Pattaya Mail


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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