Live: Thailand Aug 7 constitutional referendum Schedule Dates Result, Thailand referendum , Thai Referendum latest updates,Thailand draft constitution

Live: Thailand Aug 7 constitutional referendum Schedule Dates Result, Thailand referendum , Thai Referendum latest updates,Thailand draft constitution

Voters in Thailand can be forgiven for having a sense of the familiar when they head to the polls on Aug. 7 for a referendum on a new constitution. They have been here before – a cycle that begins with elections, followed by accusations of corruption, political paralysis, military coups and then votes for a revised constitution.

Live Updates:

  1. Thailand has voted to accept a military-backed constitution, according to preliminary results
  2. With 94 percent of the vote counted on Sunday, results from the Election Commission showed 61.4 percent of the country had voted for the charter, while 37.9 percent rejected it
  3. Voter turnout was just over 50 percent. 
  4. The gap is wide enough not to change the result," Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, chairman of the commission, told reporters after 90 percent of the vote count had been completed.
  5. Full results are due on Wednesday.

The Aug. 7 vote will give Thais the opportunity to pass proposed changes to the constitution that ask for greater power to the military. The revised constitution allows the ruling council that is backed by the military to appoint all 250 seats in the Upper House of Parliament. Such a proposal would ensure a military say in running Thailand's affairs.

Such proposals have heightened anxieties in Thailand. The country's economy is modestly recovering from a downturn that in part has been created by the 2014 military coup. A ban on campaigning and dissenting voices against the proposed constitution has drawn concern from human rights observers.

ALSO READ: Phuket Opinion Poll on Thai work permit 

LIVE UPDATES THAILAND REFERENDUM AUGUST 7TH 2016

Here's all what you need to know:

THE QUESTIONS

Thai voters will answer two yes/no questions on the ballot.

The first is whether voters accept the draft constitution.

The second is whether they would approve a junta-appointed upper house Senate to join members of parliament's lower house in electing a prime minister during a five-year transitional period from military rule.

THE CONTROVERSY

The constitution would allow for an unelected prime minister in the event of political deadlock and a unelected senate appointed by the junta with seats reserved for military commanders to check the powers of elected lawmakers during the five-year transition period.

Provisions in the charter would legally oblige any future government to follow the military's 20-year national development plan and allows military allies to take legal action against any government which does not adhere to the plan.

Critics say the charter will give the military too much power over future elected governments and weaken their ability to govern. They say the constitution will do little to heal Thailand's bitter political divisions.

Experts say the referendum is also a vote on the legitimacy of military rule since a May 2014 coup.

BACKGROUND

For more than a decade, Thailand has been divided between rival camps, one is led by former populist premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled in a 2006 coup and later went into self-exile.

Ranged against his allies is the royalist and military establishment, which accuses Thaksin of poisoning politics with nepotism and corruption, charges he denies.

In May 2014, the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's sister, was overthrown by the generals that formed the ruling junta, following months of street protests.

CAMPAIGNING

The government has been intent on preventing criticism of the draft charter, introducing a law that sets a 10-year jail term for campaigning ahead of the vote.

The junta itself, however, has used patriotic songs and television programmes to woo support.

MAJOR PLAYERS

Thailand's two biggest political parties have rejected the draft saying it is undemocratic.

Student activists, among the most vocal critics of the military government, have actively campaigned against the draft and more than a dozen have been detained.

The pro-Thaksin anti-government United Front For Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), known as the "red shirt" group, have attempted to set up election monitoring centres which they said were to prevent fraud. The authorities shut them down and charged members of the group with breaking a junta ban on political gatherings of more than five people.

LIKELY OUTCOME

Public opinion in the run-up to the referendum has been difficult to gauge because of the ban on campaigning.

A one-sided information campaign by the junta has left the majority of Thais undecided about how to vote and liable to make impulsive decisions, a leading pollster said last week.

WHAT NEXT?

If the constitution is approved, the junta has promised a general election in 2017.

There are no guidelines as to what would happen if the draft is rejected. The government has said it will meet on Aug. 9, two days after the referendum, to decide the next steps.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said regardless of the referendum outcome he would not resign and the general election will take place in 2017. (Compiled by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Lincoln Feast)

 

Phuket Opinion Poll on Thai work permit , Thai Referendum, Thai work permit, Opinion Poll ,Thailand referendum

Phuket Opinion Poll on Thai work permit , Thai Referendum, Thai work permit, Opinion Poll ,Thailand referendum

The poll, which ran online for two weeks, asked: “Is the Thai work permit necessary?”

That question was prompted by the news last month that a work permit is not required in order to receive income from renting out a condo, an announcement that brought much relief to expat condo owners across the island.

Is the Thai work permit necessary?

Yes, the work permit is a valuable form of identification and should be upgraded to a photo ID card.

39%

Yes, the work permit is a valuable form of identification and should be kept in the booklet form as is.

5%

No, the work permit not necessary but there is no harm in keeping it.

6%

No, the work permit is pointless and should be discontinued immediately.

50%

6 aug

For decades the concept of whether or not money is received has been irrelevant as the definition of work in Thailand remains “engaging in work by exerting energy or using knowledge whether or not in consideration of wages or other benefits”

In defence of the work permit, 39 per cent of those who took part in the poll voted, “Yes, the work permit is a valuable form of identification and should be upgraded to a photo ID card.”

A further 5% of respondents voted, “Yes, the work permit is a valuable form of identification and should be kept in the booklet form as is.”

Interestingly, 6% of respondents in the poll supported the Thai work permit in its current format while noting that it performed no essential function on its own, voting, “No, the work permit not necessary but there is no harm in keeping it.”

To all this support, a neat 50% of all respondents in the poll voted, “No, the work permit is pointless and should be discontinued immediately.”

src: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-poll-opinion-divided-on-thai-work-permit-58558.php

 

Prachanda all set to become Nepal PM, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ,Nepal Prime minister 2016 Election Live Coverage, Prachanda

Prachanda all set to become Nepal PM, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ,Nepal Prime minister 2016 Election Live Coverage, Prachanda 

The leader of Nepal's Maoist party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, appeared certain to be the next prime minister after the deadline for nominations expired on Tuesday with only his name on the ballot.

Lawmakers in the Himalayan nation are due to elect a new prime minister on Wednesday after K.P. Sharma Oli resigned last week, minutes before facing a no-confidence motion in parliament.

"We have only received the nomination of Pushpa Kamal Dahal for the prime minister's post," deputy parliament spokesman Sudarshan Kuinkel told AFP, referring to the Maoist party leader.


The Maoist chief and former premier known for his anti-India stance is expected to become Nepal's 39th Prime Minister with the support of largest party Nepali Congress, the Madhesis and other fringe parties if there is no dramatic development.

Three Madhesi leaders – Upendra Yadav of Social Forum-Nepal, Sarvendra Nath Shukla of Tarai Madhesh Democratic Party and Laxman Lal Karna of Sadbhawana Party – have supported Prachanda's candidacy.

The Madhesi alliance decided to support Prachanda's candidacy after a 3-point agreement with the Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (Maoist Centre) but will not join the government, Karna said.

With the support of the alliance, which has 39 lawmakers, Prachanda's election as the new prime minister has become almost certain.

Past Political Career

  1. He has served as prime minister once before, after the Maoists won elections in 2009, but only lasted nine months in office before resigning.
  2. The party lost ground in the last elections in 2013 and is now only the third-biggest force in parliament.

Nepal Prime Minister Election schedule candidate list opinion poll elections results 2016, CPN-UML, 2016 Nepal Prime Minister Election timetable

Nepal Prime Minister Election schedule candidate list opinion poll elections results 2016, CPN-UML, 2016 Nepal Prime Minister Election timetable

If all goes as planned, the Parliament Secretariat will conduct election for Prime Minister on August 3. The secretariat is making preparations for the same with the President-given deadline for the formation of a national unity government expiring (on Sunday), according to a source.

On Monday (August 1), a meeting of the Legislature-Parliament is taking place. The secretariat will make the election schedule public once it gets a letter from the Office of the President directing it to start the process for PM’s election. On August 2, according to the source, parties will nominate PM candidates/withdraw nominations.

August 3, as per the plan, will see election of Nepal’s new Prime Minister. Bharat Raj Gautam, spokesperson for the secretariat, said they will finalise the election timetable only after getting a letter from the President.

The alliance comprising the Nepali Conggress and the CPN-Maoist Centre has already decided to field Centre Chair Prachanda as PM candidate. The CPN-UML is yet to finalise its candidate for the post.

See more at: http://english.onlinekhabar.com/2016/07/31/382819

Will Thais accept the 2016 draft of the constitution? ,Thailand’s Political Referendum,August 7 refrendum, Prayuth Chan-ocha, draft constitution ,Thailand refrendum

Will Thais accept the 2016 draft of the constitution? ,Thailand’s Political Referendum,August 7 refrendum, Prayuth Chan-ocha, draft constitution ,Thailand refrendum constitution

Thais head to the polls next week to vote in a referendum designed to breathe life into what has become a stagnant democratic process. An affirmative vote on Aug. 7 will see Thailand adopt a new constitution — its twentieth since 1932.

Junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in 2014, has promised general elections next year — but not before a fresh constitution is adopted. But that next step is by no means a fait accompli for, once again, Thailand is polarized as many fear that Prayuth and his cadres are getting a little too comfortable in the government’s shoes.

While there are undoubtedly some who approve of the substance of the draft charter, which was painstakingly drawn up by a military-appointed committee, millions of disillusioned Thai citizens just want to see the wheels of democracy moving again.

Released publicly in March, the revised constitution has been touted as an edict to finally combat the endemic culture of corruption that pervades the country’s politics. The word “corruption” is mentioned no less than 46 times in the draft charter, with robust promises of organic laws and mechanisms “to rigorously prevent and eradicate corruption and misconduct,” as well as sweeping powers bestowed upon a nine-member National Counter Corruption Commission, which will be appointed by the King. The 94-page document also contains strong provisions on healthcare and education.

But critics say approval of the charter would entrench the junta’s grip on power, allowing it a large say in government even after it has left office. The new constitution would allow the military the opportunity to advocate its own candidate for prime minister, and permit it to step in and dissolve parliament at whim.

PUBLIC OPINION 

“I will vote ‘yes’,” says Nina, 48, a Bangkok businesswoman. “Because I believe it will solve the problem of government corruption.”

Father-of-two Komol, a furniture retailer in the southern city of Suratthani, says he will vote “yes” to the draft constitution because it includes 12 years of free public education for children.

In the northern city of Chiang Mai — a traditional stronghold of the opposition “Red Shirts” and their patriarch former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (ousted in a 2006 military coup) and his sister Yingluck (ousted in the 2014 coup) — opinion is mostly unequivocal.

“I will definitely vote ‘no’,” says university lecturer Namwaan. “Yes is a vote for dictatorship. No is for democracy.”

SRC: http://time.com/4423508/thailand-referendum-constitution/

Japanese election Result:Shinzo Abe declares victory, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s upper house election, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Abenomics, Japan Election Result 2016

Japanese election Result:Shinzo Abe declares victory, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan's upper house election, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Abenomics, Japan Election Result 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared victory in Sunday's election, with his ruling coalition winning a majority of seats in Japan's upper house.

Abe said Monday he would use his victory to push forward with his economic reform program — also known as Abenomics — along with further changes to his diplomatic policies.

Together with the pro-constitutional revisionists, his coalition has gained a two-thirds majority of the 121-seat upper house.

Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) fell short of winning a simple majority, which would have increased its clout within the coalition. Earlier projections had shown it was within their grasp for the first time since 1989.

Nevertheless, the overall victory will still bolster Abe’s grip over the conservative party that he led back to power in 2012 promising to reboot the economy with hyper-easy monetary policy, fiscal spending and reforms.

Any attempt to revise the constitution will still be politically fraught and LDP heavyweights have suggested that amending the pacifist Article 9 would not be the first priority.

Abe told a TV broadcaster it was too early to talk about specific revisions to the constitution and his No.2 in the party said separately that talks with the opposition were needed.

“I have two more years to my term (as LDP president) and this is a goal of the LDP, so I want to address it calmly,” Abe said.

Controversial issue

The result will also allow Abe to take a step forward toward constitutional amendments, a controversial issue that has divided the nation.

In Japan, war is banned. Since the end of World War II, Japan's constitution has renounced the threat or use of force. War as a means to settle international disputes is outlawed, according to Article 9 of the constitution.

The military can only be used for defensive purposes.

The rise of China's military and its expansionism in the South and East China Seas, together with North Korea's increasing belligerence, is helping Abe's push.

It's still a very sensitive subject in Japan, but attitudes could be changing. Exit polls on Sunday showed 49% of voters supported revising the constitution. Forty-four percent were against it.

The vote came just days before the United Nations rules on China's highly controversial territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Japanese House of Councillors election 2016, House of Councillors election 2016, Japanese elections opinion poll survey, Result Live voting,Japan Elections 2016

Japanese House of Councillors election 2016, House of Councillors election 2016, Japanese elections opinion poll survey, Result Live voting,Japan Elections 2016

The 24th regular election of members of the House of Councillors will be held on Sunday 10 July 2016 to elect 121 of the 242 members of the House of Councillors

According to surveys Abe’s Coalition Is Expected to Gain Seats in Japan Polls

 The Yomiuri Shimbun survey

  1. The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito continue to perform well in the House of Councillors campaign, according to a public opinion poll conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun in the final stages of the race.
  2. The poll results, which are largely consistent with an early stage survey, show close contests between the ruling and opposition parties in 12 of the 32 constituencies where one seat is up for grabs. Contests for several constituencies with multiple seats at stake are also close. How the 30 percent of respondents who did not state a preference for candidates in constituency-based races will vote is now the focus of attention.
  3. The latest poll shows LDP candidates leading unified opposition party candidates in 17 constituencies, including Tochigi, Toyama and Wakayama. The LDP is seen as leading in the Gifu and Okayama constituencies, which were close in the earlier poll. The party appears to be faring well in the Chugoku region, the Kyushu region and other areas of western Japan, where it has a large conservative base.

 Kyodo News survey 

  1. The survey showed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and coalition partner Komeito are likely to win at least 74 of the 121 seats up for grabs in the election, surpassing Abe’s stated target of 61, a majority of the contested seats.
  2. On its own, the LDP could win at least 60 seats. By combining at least 57 of the contested seats with the noncontested seats it already holds, the LDP is gearing up to achieve a simple majority in the Upper House for the first time in 27 years, according to the survey.
  3. The survey found Komeito is likely to gain ground with 14 seats, while Osaka Ishin no Kai is likely to win six seats.
  4. The four pro-constitutional change parties — the LDP, Komeito, Osaka Ishin no Kai and the Nihon no Kokoro o Taisetsu ni suru To (Party for Japanese Kokoro) — together hold 84 noncontested seats. If the four parties win 78 of the contested seats, they will reach the two-thirds majority.
  5. About 43,000 eligible voters responded in the three-day telephone survey.
  6. Two ballots will be cast each for constituencies that will account for 73 of the 121 contested seats, and for 48 seats through the proportional representation system.

Won’t resign if Thais reject draft constitution: Thai PM, Prayuth Chan-ocha , referendum , National Council for Peace and Order, Thailand Prime Minister , August 7 referendum , junta

Won’t resign if Thais reject draft constitution: Thai PM,  Prayuth Chan-ocha , referendum , National Council for Peace and Order,Thailand Prime Minister ,  August 7 referendum , junta 

Bangkok: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on June 27, he would not resign if Thais reject a military-backed draft constitution when they vote in a referendum in August.

Prayuth heads the ruling junta, or National Council for Peace and Order, that came to power after a bloodless coup toppled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s elected government in May 2014 coup.

The military had justified the coup, saying it had acted to restore stability after months of street demonstrations in Bangkok had paralysed Yingluck’s government.

“I won’t resign. I am the one who lays out the rules for this country,” Prayuth told reporters at Bangkok’s Government House, insisting Thais should not compare him to British Prime Minister David Cameron who announced his resignation last week after Britain voted in a referendum to quit the EU.

The August 7 referendum will be the first national vote in Thailand since the coup and should provide a test of the junta’s popularity, experts said.

Philippines president-elect encourages public to kill drug dealers, Philippine, Rodrigo Duterte, Filipino, drug dealers

Philippines president-elect encourages public to kill drug dealers, Philippine,  Rodrigo Duterte, Filipino, drug dealers

The Philippine president-elect has encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime, urging citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back in their neighborhoods.

In a nationally televised speech late Saturday, Rodrigo Duterte told a huge crowd in the southern city of Davao celebrating last month’s presidential victory that Filipinos who help him battle crime will be rewarded.

“Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support,” Duterte said, warning of an extensive illegal drug trade that involves even the country’s police.

If a drug dealer resists arrest or refuses to be brought to a police station and threatens a citizen with a gun or a knife, “you can kill him,” Duterte said. “Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal.”

The 71-year-old Duterte won the May 9 presidential election on a bold promise to end crime and corruption within six months of his presidency. That vow resonated among crime-weary Filipinos, though police officials considered it campaign rhetoric that was impossible to accomplish.

src:nbcnews

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