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Most Thais don’t understand primary voting system: survey

Jun 24. 2017
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By The Nation

Most Thais admitted that they did not understand the primary voting system but expressed support for it in the hope that it would enhance people’s participation in politics, an opinion survey found.

The survey was carried out by Suan Dusit Pollster of Rajabhat Suan Dusit University among 1,149 people nationwide from Monday to Friday. The results were announced on Saturday.

The pollster said 74.59 per cent of the respondents admitted that they did not understand the primary voting system while 25.41 per cent said they understood it.

The system has been added to the Political Parties Act as passed by the National Legislative Assembly but the change has yet to be endorsed by the Constitution Drafting Commission, the drafter of the bill.

The survey found that 49.76 per cent of the respondents said they wanted the primary voting system while 34.98 per cent said they wanted the current voting system and 15.26 per cent had no comments.

Asked to list the good points of the primary voting system, 71.98 per cent said it would allow people to participate in politics while 68.15 per cent said it would allow people to have their chosen representatives in the House and 64.93 per cent said the system would prevent party funders from controlling the party. Each respondent was allowed more than one answer.

Asked to list the drawbacks of the primary voting, 72.32 per cent of the respondents expect it would create rifts in the party, 63.71 per cent expected that it would be time-consuming and too complicated while 60.74 per cent said it would create serious trouble to small parties.

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