Election Time (Again)

It’s pretty obvious, from all of the huge placards that have been put up EVERYWHERE bearing pictures of various political hopefuls, that election time is upon Thailand. Last time was just the Governor of Bangkok but this time it’s nation-wide.

I noted with interest a few things:

  • One of the guys from the Bangkok Governor elections is back hoping to be elected. He must have money to burn.
  • Thaksin seems so confident of being re-elected that his polling number isn’t on his placard, which is unique in that it is the only placard to bear a full body photo.
  • Last night on television a whole bunch of potentials from the placards, except Thaksin who must be too good for it, were shouting each other down to get their voices heard.
  • So far I’ve noticed that there is one woman running for parliament. I’m not sure who it is, but I hope it isn’t that stupid Health Minister because I think she is a Thaksin wannabe (ie available for promotional photo shoots but not much else).
  • The placards are huge, with most of them being around 2 metres in height.

12 Comments so far

  1. Paul (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 10:23 am

    I’m amazed at the large number of candidates who look like they haven’t even graduated from high school yet. Not surprisingly, they are either children of politicians or well know celbrities/actors/actresses. All of whom have little to no political experience

  2. isriya (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 10:45 am

    I just wonder that they can print party number quickly after draw.

  3. Ben Harris (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 10:52 am

    I think the numbers are a sticker they slap on after the fact.

  4. him (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 10:39 pm

    I don’t know if it’s just my dodgy memory, but that female candidate looks just like the one who ran for BKK Governor?

  5. Jenny Chan (unregistered) on January 12th, 2005 @ 1:29 am

    What’s with that massage parlour king holding an axe? Looks like the city is decorating for Bangkok Film’s Festival (again)

  6. Ben Harris (unregistered) on January 12th, 2005 @ 10:05 am

    Isn’t it a sledgehammer? Oui was showing me his new shirts for the Bangkok film festival and they look so nice, I just hope they have some good films.

  7. henly (unregistered) on January 12th, 2005 @ 5:56 pm

    I actually hope that massage dude Chuwit wins. At least he doesn’t pretend he’s not corrupt. The rest are out to milk the government teat for personal gain.
    –especially that glory hunting, self serving, 1 billion baht plane buying, ash hole ThakSIN.

    You can quote me on that

  8. Paul (unregistered) on January 12th, 2005 @ 7:24 pm

    henley: i couldn not agree with you more. i was hoping we would win the bangkok governor’s race last year

  9. Carl (unregistered) on January 13th, 2005 @ 1:22 am

    Is there any way for you to photograph these election posters and then post them here in this blog? I’m really curious to see what these posters look like, but it’s difficult to even imagine way over here in San Francisco. Thanks.

  10. chris (unregistered) on January 13th, 2005 @ 2:09 am

    Here’s a typical one, Carl. http://www.hasekamp.net/newspro/arc11-2000.html

    First picture, this was from the last general election 4 years ago.

    Judging from the street sign, this banner is just a bit less than 3-metre in height.

  11. Cog (unregistered) on January 13th, 2005 @ 10:31 pm

    For the metrically impaired, like myself, 3 meters is approximately 164.21 origami units. Incidentally, each poster can be carved up into exactly 405 paper cranes or 323,000 spit wads.
    (just volunteering information)

  12. Paul (unregistered) on January 13th, 2005 @ 10:33 pm

    cog: outstanding. you’ll fit in well here.

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