BANGKOK — Thailand is set to vote March 24 on its future government, but the results may not be finalized until early May, according to a timeline laid down by the organizers of the election.
The Election Commission has until May 9 to verify the results and settle any misconduct complaints filed against party candidates. Only after the results are verified can the new government be formed and premier appointed.
By comparison, when Thailand voted in July 2011, the Election Commission had only several weeks to endorse the results. The parliament chose Yingluck Shinawatra as prime minister on Aug. 5 – less than a month after Election Day.
The timeframe for the 2019 election announced by the commission goes as follows:
Election date was formally set
Jan. 28 – Feb. 19
Registration for advance and overseas voting opens
Feb. 4 – 8
Registration for MP candidates opens; each contending party submits
names of its prime minister candidates
MP candidates announced
March 1 – 16
General Election Day
Deadline for endorsement of the results