February 2, 2014, was the last time Thais went to the polls, after then-prime minister Yingluck had dissolved Parliament a year earlier.
However, there was disruption at a few poll stations as anti-election protesters blocked the entrances, resulting in an incomplete voting process. On March 21, the Constitution Court invalidated the election on grounds that it had not been completed within one day and Bt3.8 billion (worth 21 Chinese tanks) went down the drain. The rest is history.
We can infer from this that, if one poll station out of about 100,000 nationwide is disrupted, the next election will be scrapped and General Prayut will continue to hold on to power. Get the idea?
How can the junta guarantee that we won’t see a repeat of 2014 at the next election, whenever that may be?