In first election since the coup in 2014, Isaan voters widely rejected military rule and handed Pheu Thai Party a strong mandate.
First-time voters, aged 18 – 25, make up around 7 million or about 14 percent of the electorate. We asked some them in Khon Kaen about domestic issues closest to their hearts, policies they want to see and the parties they want to vote for.
The Isaan Record23/03/2019
Since the coup in 2014, farmer and red shirt groups in the North and Northeast were effectively silenced. But local red shirt leaders hope to revive their movement after the election.
The Isaan Record22/03/2019
After almost five years under military rule, campaign season is in full swing in the Northeast. But among many rural voters, there seem to be only muted excitement and little hope that the election will bring about change. Visarut Sankham captures the mood ahead of the polls on March 24 in Khon Kaen’s Constituencies 3 and 4, two of the largest electoral districts in the province where candidates of 42 parties contest in the race.
The Isaan Record16/03/2019
The rally of Palang Pracharat Party last weekend in Khon Kaen drew a crowd as large as 30,000. But according to a recent poll, the military junta’s proxy party faces an uphill battle in the Northeast.
The Isaan Record11/03/2019
After almost five years of banned political activity under military rule, Pheu Thai Party still commands a loyal following in the Northeast. At a rally on March 1, long-time supporters and members of the Red Shirt movement gathered to show their support for the party.
The Isaan Record08/03/2019
Apinan Chanoopala, director of the Office of the Election Commission in Khon Kaen Province on free and fair elections, democratic culture and decentralization of power in Thailand.
The Isaan Record06/03/2019
First-time candidate Saratsanun Unnopporn might be a new face for voters, but she is not new to politics. In this interview, the 30-year-old talks about her motivation to become a politician.
The Isaan Record04/03/2019
What policies matter most to voters in Isaan? What parties will they choose to represent their interests? People share their thoughts on the upcoming election on March 24, the first polls since the military suspended democratic rule in 2014.