Thailand’s two major political parties have raised doubts over the accuracy of the election’s results on Monday after a party linked to country’s military, pro-army Palang Pracharat party, took a surprise lead in the vote counting that has suggested junta party chief could still remain in power.
According to Reuters news reports, one political party has said it was considering to file a legal challenge over what the party has said were poll irregularities, amid popular agitation over the vote results.
A candidate for the post of prime minister from the Pheu Thai Party, Sudarat Keyuraphan, said, “There are irregularities in this election that we’re not comfortable with. These affect the nation’s credibility and people’s trust.”
She told a news conference, “We’ve voiced our concerns before for vote-buying, abuse of power, and cheating. All three have manifested. We will fight back through legal means.”
She said her party which is opponent to the military, former leader Thaksin Shinawatra would join the forces with other anti-junta parties in order to form a government.
The Election Commission said it would announce only the winners of 350 seats at 4 pm and a breakdown of votes for those seats would come on Friday.
Pro-army Palang Pracharatarty spokesperson Kobsak Pootrakool told reporters it has planned to form a government after winning votes in the nation’s first election since 2014 coup.
He said: “Palang Pracharat will talk to like-minded parties who share the same ideology and standpoint to move the country forward, which will take a while
The party wants to keep military junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on as an elected prime minister.