Early election results show drop in voter turnout

KHON KAEN – Voting in Thailand’s general election proceeded without disruption in 89 percent of constituencies yesterday, including the entirety of the Northeast, but initial results show voter turnout in Isaan to be significantly lower than the rate in 2011. Although not all advanced ballots have been counted due to interferences by protesters last week, […]

Slideshow: Khon Kaen voters go to the polls

On February 2, The Isaan Record traveled around the city of Khon Kaen to hear from voters at the polls. The election proceeded smoothly in Khon Kaen and most parts of Thailand outside of Bangkok and several provinces in the South. Still, a full government will not be formed until elections are re-held in areas where the voting process […]

New voices on the Khon Kaen ballot

KHON KAEN—Thailand’s highly anticipated general election is set to go forward tomorrow, despite the uncertainty that has shrouded the February 2 snap election from the start. In Khon Kaen, this uncertainty has led to a quieter campaign season than normal, and it has also opened up new spaces for smaller political parties in the race. It […]

Khon Kaen activists remain divided, but peaceful

KHON KAEN— Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the Election Commission are expected to reach a decision this afternoon on whether or not the February 2 elections will be postponed, but Khon Kaen residents, like Thais across the country, remain divided on their hopes for the outcome. Yet while chaos, and at times violence, has dominated […]

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During this time of political conflict in Thailand, The Isaan Record is especially interested in stories about political movements in your Isaan province. To send us news items, please see further details at http://isaanrecord.com/get-involved/

Khon Kaen governor, Red Shirts oppose anti-government demands

GUEST CONTRIBUTION by Kati Fithian and Sam Ryals KHON KAEN – Shortly after noon today,  Governor Somsak Suwansujarit affirmed his support for the beleaguered Yingluck government. “Thailand is a democratic country with the King as Head of the State, and the government comes from elections, from the people, throughout the country.” Governor Somsak continued, “In […]

Four Ubon reds still languish in jail, continue their fight through letters

UBON RATCHATHANI—For over two years, four Ubon Ratchathani Red Shirt members have remained imprisoned for their alleged role in the arson of the Ubon Ratchathani provincial hall following the April-May military crackdown on anti-government protests. But the bars of their prison have not been able to keep them completely locked up. Even from within their […]

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