Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit has urged voters to exercise their rights and participate in the Bangkok council elections. It’s not without some irony when a man who made the decision not to hold fresh elections, even at the cost of 90 human lives, and thousands that have been injured, and billions of baht in damage – now urges people to vote.
Of course, he also explained why a general election can not take place now or in the near future – unless a not really defined “normalcy” returns to the country. Interestingly, if “normalcy” is a necessary requirement for fresh elections, and the party that is currently in power is the one who decides when “normalcy” has returned, it would require a really saintly character to not use that as an instrument to shift things in one’s own power. The kind of saintly character that politicians all over the world for are so well-known for I suppose.
For people who don’t observe the situation too closely, Abhisit’s reasoning makes perfect sense.
“I had repeatedly said that the government will hold a general election only when the country has peace and order.
“If I dissolves the lower House, holds an election and violent political confrontation reoccurs, there is a risk that the situation will escalate to unrest”, he said.
There were examples in many countries that the election holding had brought about social division and violence instead of democracy. This had led to a failure in holding an election, said Mr Abhisit.
While PM Abhisit obviously likes to make it look as if general elections are not being held in the interest of the country, some observers might believe that general elections are not being held in the interest of those who are in power now – the Democrat Party, who stands to lose the most in a general election.