An estimated 200 people joined a protest march and rally against further delays to the Thai election in Chiang Mai yesterday, Jan. 9.
The march, under the banner of “Walk to Vote” started at Wat Phra Singh in Sri Phum at around 4 p.m., heading down Ratchadamnoen Road before ending at the Thapae Gate.
The protesters are demanding that the military junta, the rulers of Thailand since the last coup in 2014, hold a general election on Feb. 24 as has been promised for months.
The junta, however, has said that the election will likely be delayed due to it conflicting with preparations from the crowning of His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Rama X) scheduled for May.
The junta has been promising elections since approximately 2015 but has constantly found reasons to delay actually having one.
A final ruling from the Electoral Commission as to whether the election be delayed has yet to be made.