Return of 2-ballot voting system could prove a threat to PM’s future

The future of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and that of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party is in query due to the return of the 2-ballot voting system. The Bangkok Post reviews that Parliament has accredited a charter modification invoice that proposed a return to the system. According to the report, the voting system could show a bonus to the Pheu Thai opposition party in the next election.
The transfer comes following the removal of Deputy Agriculture Minister Thamanat Prompow and Deputy Labour Minister Narumon Pinyosinwat from their posts last week, each of whom are close with Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon, who can be chief of the ruling PPRP. Wacky has been accused of orchestrating a marketing campaign to remove the PM and based on the Bangkok Post report, his time with the PPRP could be about to end.
Speaking to the Post, Stithorn Thananithichote, from King Prajadhipok’s Institute, says Thamanat and Prawit might have proposed a return to the 2-ballot system as a means of hindering events like Move Forward, which is proving well-liked with younger voters.
“While they may not stop main parties like Pheu Thai, they will thwart the MFP, whose predecessor – the Future Forward Party – benefited from the single-ballot system within the previous election.”

Sithorn adds that help from 250 senators might nonetheless afford the PM another time period. The senators had been appointed by the now-defunct National Council for Peace and Order, which the PM headed up, and Sithorn believes that if he can heal the rifts throughout the PPRP, he could secure sufficient assist for another term.
Sithorn also believes Pheu Thai might lose a substantial variety of votes to the MFP on the next election, with Pheu Thai MP Sutin Klungsang agreeing a landslide victory as happened beforehand isn’t assured.
Meanwhile, the deputy chief of the Democrat Party, Nipit Intharasombat, has advised the Bangkok Post that the PM will remain in energy till the legislation on elections is ratified, however after that is more probably to name an election.
“I don’t think the PM will want to serve one other term provided that he’ll face fierce resistance.”

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