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2009 National Thailand Survey Showcases 62% of Thais Support Election Observers

March 24, 2011 — An article in Asian Correspondent’s Bangkok Pundit blog discusses Thailand’s refusal to allow international election observers for the upcoming elections this summer. The author cites The Asia Foundation’s Constitutional Reform and Democracy in Thailand – A National Survey of the Thai People (2009) as saying that 62% of polled Thais found that election observers would make them a little more or lot more confident that the elections will be fair. When asked whether the observers should be Thais, foreigners, or whether both were equally acceptable, the result was Thai observers 42%, foreigners 6%, and both equally acceptable 50%. Read the full article: “Thailand rejects foreign election observers.”

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