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General elections will be held in Thailand on 23 December 2007 after the military assumed power in the 2006 Thai coup d'état on 19 September 2006.[1][2]

However, Prime Minister's Office Minister Thirapat Serirangsan later announced that elections might not occur until one year and five months, which would put the election some time in 2008.[3] On the other hand, the chairman of the Constitution Drafting Council, Noranit Sethabutr, said in January that the current timetable was to hold a constitutional referendum in August and elections between October and December; any problems in drafting the constitution or ratifying it through the referendum would delay the election date.[4] This timetable was later tightened even further, with elections planned by the end of September 2007.[5] A preliminary date was set in March 2007 for the elections to be held on 16 December 2007 or 23 December 2007.[6] After the constitutional referendum, it was announced that the most likely date would be 23 December,[7] which was formally agreed on on 27 August 2007.[8]

On the second day after party registration was reallowed, the following seven parties had registered to contest the election:[9]
  • Chat Pattana Party of Piyawat Limpapan
  • Phue Thai Party of Bannajongsak Wongrattanawan
  • Prachamati Party of Pramuan Rojanaseree
  • Rak Thai Party of Yuwaret Sitthicharnpanya
  • She Daeng Party of Kattiya Sawasdiphon
  • Sieng Prachachon Party of Kamjorn Chaowarat
  • Sri Siam Party of Nitithammawat Rattanasuwan
A poll from late August saw the Democrat Party in the lead with 43.0%, followed by the People's Power Party with 20.7% and Thais United with 7.7%.[10]

There are 7 main political parties contesting this election, 400 electorate and 80 list seats. The election has been confirmed to be held on 23 December 2007.

References

1. ^ [1]
2. ^ [2]
3. ^ The Nation, Drafting new charter 'may take 17 mths', 18 October 2006
4. ^ "Thai elections expected at year end", tvnz.co.nz, 12 January 2007
5. ^ [3]
6. ^ [4]
7. ^ [5]
8. ^ [6]
9. ^ [7]
10. ^ [8]


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