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 RecordMarch 23, 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 RecordMarch 22, 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 RecordMarch 16, 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 RecordMarch 8, 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 RecordMarch 6, 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.