Thai-ASEAN News Network Why An Unusual Number of Voters Remain Undecided
UPDATE : 20 June 2011
All opinion polls recently conducted have suggested that the number of the undecided voters in the upcoming election could be as high as between 30 to 40 percent. This is a very interesting occurrence. A question must be asked to why there could be so many undecided voters or why they cannot make up their minds?
I believe that the main reason is “reluctance” brought by their fear that neither of the two major political parties could solve the country’s problems. Most importantly, they might have a doubt as to whether the country can really be peaceful again after the poll.
This has clearly demonstrated that the Thai voter with no political reference who does not want to pick sides, is having second thoughts on the conflicting parties’ plans to bring the true national reconciliation. To forge a feasible reconciliation, all sides must make sacrifices for the common good. By continuing to resort to the political mudslinging as everyone has been doing, reconciliation will never happen.
If peace is not guaranteed even with the upcoming election, Thai people will remain distrustful to the current democratic system.
Surely, no one wants to see another military coup which could be disastrous to the country. We also need to ask why only a few thousand politicians who are fighting for power could deteriorate the country to this point.
When dictatorship is condemned and the democratic system has not been able to save the country, a large number of voters have become undecided. Their faith on the candidates has been ruined.
Another reason why some people chose to be undecided is that they are concerned that by choosing one major political party, another party may be enraged and start up more trouble. Some voters are afraid that the Democrat Party will never be able to win a commanding number of MPs in Parliament and as a result, it may have to please the smaller parties with trade-offs in order to hold up the coalition. Many people are simply sick and tired.
On the other hand, there is the Pheu Thai Party, whose primary campaign promise is to bring political amnesty for one particular person, which might lead to more problems.
Some people also fear the politicians are only aiming for power that they have forgotten the “sportsmanship” and unwilling to accept defeat quietly.
All of the reasons mentioned might be the cause to why some voters have written Thailand off after the poll.
Conversely, there are “decided voters”, who have been voting according to their party affiliations from the beginning. These people do not care about what is right or wrong as long as their candidates are elected to power.
Many newspapers have such headlines” “The Private Sector Concerned about Situation after Election” or “Businesses Fear Poll Result will Affect Investors’ Confidence.” Some foreign press believe that Thailand may be in another round of chaos after the poll.
Thai politics is at the edge of a cliff. Most people may have already chosen sides, but what about the rest of us? Taken from Kafae Dam Column by Suthichai Yoon, Krung Thep Turakij Newspaper, Page 2, June 20, 2011
Translated and Rewritten by Kongkrai Maksrivorawan