Thailand General Election to be Held on May 14th


Thailand’s general election will be held on May 14th, the Election Commission has announced.

Our previous story:

On March 20th, His Royal Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand gave his endorsement to the dissolution of the country’s House of Representatives, which officially marks the start of the campaign season leading up to the upcoming May polls.

Now for the update:

The election date has been announced one day after the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha dissolved the House of Representatives. On Tuesday (March 21st) the Election Commission (EC) has approved to set May 14th, 2023 for general election day and May 7th, 2023 as for early voting.

For foreign readers one of the biggest effects of this event will be a certain alcohol sales ban, which means bars and nightlife must close, for 24 hours from the evening before the election to the day of when polls close for the actual election day. This is Thai law for elections.

As for early voting, sometimes this is a closure as well and readers will need to stay tuned for official announcements.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.