On February 2, 2014, the world watched Thailand’s general election unfold within a tenuous political environment. One-tenth of polling stations throughout Thailand were closed on Election Day, and 28 of 375 constituencies had no candidates due to anti-election demonstrations.
Thailand is now in a position where it cannot currently produce enough legislators to seat the House of Representatives. Legal challenge by the opposition over the validity of the election is a possibility, as well as holding by-elections to fill the remaining seats.
The task of the Election Commission of Thailand under these circumstances is a formidable challenge. Never has the independence, neutrality and competence of commission been more important.