February 02, 2014 00:00
By Chanon Wongsatayanont
International news outlets were concerned with the violence on the eve of the election day but yesterday they reported that the election itself is going smoothly except for a few scuffles.
However, many expressed concerns of what will happen after the election yesterday, which seems to be what the political turmoil is leading up to. The BBC said that “Voting in 13 of Bangkok's 33 constituencies, and in 37 of 56 constituencies in the south was disrupted” by protesters from the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). However, election in the north and northeast proceeded peacefully.
Al Jazeera has expressed doubts that the current election will be successful at the first place. Al Jazeera reported that “The [election] commission has already voiced concerns that it would result in too few legitimately elected MPs to form a parliamentary quorum.”
Reuters said that even if the Pheu Thai party managed to win in an election, the victory would be far from celebratory. “With parliamentary seats unable to be filled, she [Yingluck Shinawatra] could find herself on shaky ground, exposed to legal attacks and unable to pass bills and budgets crucial to reviving the economy.”
Earlier last month, several provinces in southern Thailand could not register election candidates because they were obstructed by the protesters.
The CNN quoted Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, a member of the Election Commission, saying that a new parliament will take three to six months to form.
Many news outlets also reported on the violence between pro- and anti-government supporters on Saturday at Lak Si intersection. The New York Times, along with many other media outlets, said that both sides of the conflict were armed.