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.
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
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
“Change takes time and patience,” says Natthapong Pipatchaisiri, a young businessman from Udon Thani and political newcomer, about Future Forward Party’s ambitious political platform.
For the first time since the 2014 military overthrow of the government they had helped to vote into power, followers of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), or the Red Shirts, gathered to call for democracy and show support for the Pheu Chat Party.
The Isaan Record12/02/2019
In a conversation with Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the filmmaker talks about his contribution to the film Ten Years Thailand, a new documentary project, the changing art scene and his concerns for Thailand’s political future.