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Some Red Shirt Activists, First-Time Voters Might Spurn Pheu Thai Runners For MP: Academic


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Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, left, and Jatuporn Prompan, right. Photo: Thai Rath


By Thai Newsroom Reporters


A NUMBER OF RED SHIRT activists and first-time voters might probably reject Pheu Thai candidates running for MP in the wake of scathing criticism launched against de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra, according to a noted academic.


Those Red Shirt activists who may have picked Pheu Thai candidates in a previous election plus some of an estimated six million first-time voters nationwide might probably vote for Move Forward contestants and others rather than Pheu Thai contenders in the next general election now that former Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan has vehemently lambasted the former prime minister for allegedly abusing the pro-democracy movement, said Pichai Ratanadilok na Phuket, head of National Institute of Development Administration’s Political & Development Strategies Project.


Jatuporn accused Thaksin of having no democratic ideologies and merely looking to abuse the Red Shirt activists whilst, he said, the de facto Pheu Thai boss practically remains as a profit-conscious businessperson.


Full story: https://thainewsroom.com/2023/02/07/some-red-shirt-activists-first-time-voters-might-spurn-pheu-thai-runners-for-mp-academic/



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4 hours ago, webfact said:

some of an estimated six million first-time voters nationwide might probably vote for [...] now that former Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan has vehemently lambasted the former prime minister


Do those millions of people listen so much to Jatuporn that they change their mind because of that guy?


Personally I try to look at previous performance, or not existing performance, from politicians. What motivates them? And it is obviously a good idea to get information from reliable new sources and different sources and personal experience.


I don't know how many people do this but it seems too many vote for A because they admire person X who also (says he) votes for A. Amazing! 



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The challenge here is that TS is hoping that enough of the young people don't know who he is or what he did.  Then they will vote for him as he was a wronged person.


This country's election system is screwed up on various levels.  


First is the fact that people are not told to vote for a party or a person but for a number,  


Second the people really do not care and have no idea who or what the local candidate stands for because a national popularity contest overshadows it.


Third, because of Lese Majeste and slander laws, candidates can not attack their opponents or outline what they have done in the past or not done.


fourth, and this is one, maybe someone can explain how it is a good thing t have people at are not elected but had enough money to get appointed to being an MP or, better still, a cabinet minister.


The young people need to start their protests again outlining their desires as well as what the different people' parties' issues are.

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That to be expected.

The harder the junta/jatuporn attack thaksin, the likely voters are pushed into radical reform program political groups.

new voters do disbelieve all the old, discredited faces.

Older voters are more conservative, by it's nature, but they also expect some positive developments within pheu thai. Especially bangkokians and urban seniors had enough time to think for the last 4 years, that pheu thai is just yet another royalist party, even if they are anti-military

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