The Election Commission of Thailand has announced that general elections will be held on March 24. The poll will mark the first national election held in the country since a 2014 coup ousted the civilian government of Yingluck Shinawatra. The political parties now have until March 23 to campaign. In December 2018, the military lifted a ban on political campaigning in place since 2014. Associated political protests and demonstrations are possible in Thailand over the coming weeks.
The military government (National Council for Peace and Order [NCPO]) delayed the election several times for various reasons after overthrowing Yingluck's government in 2014, citing the need for peace and order after months of street protests. In April 2017, a new constitution drafted by the NCPO was promulgated, deciding, among other stipulations, that the NCPO will come to an end when a cabinet established after the first general election under this constitution takes office.
Thailand has been ruled by a military junta since a coup in 2014 ousted the civilian government. The military announced plans for general elections in December 2018 following the lifting of a ban on political organizing and political assembly and campaigning.
Individuals present in Thailand are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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