Abhisit: Democrats to boycott polls

The Democrat Party has decided to boycott the Feb 2 general election, party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Saturday.

"Over the past eight to nine years, people have lost their trust in Thailand's political system, and their respect for political parties and elections," MrAbhisit said.  "Although there will be an election on Feb 2, people will not have confidence in the new government unless we have political reforms beforehand, so we have decided not to contest it."

Co-leaders of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Council (PDRC) announced on the anti-government stage on Ratchadamnoen Road that the Democrat Party will not field any candidates for the general election.

PDRC leader Sathit Wongnongtoey, who is a former Democrat MP, said the Democrat Party will not contest in the polls but they will fight alongside the protesters.

Ex-Democrat MP Witthaya Kaewparadai said he wanted people in every province to think of ways to deal with the government if it persisted to have the general election. The problem will not end after the election, he said.

Former Democrat MP Sansern Samalapa posted a message on his Facebook page saying the Democrats were not worried about losing elections.

"In the past elections, we (the Democrats) knew that we would lose but we still contested. But now, we want the party to become an instrument for the people to reform the country," Mr Sansern said.

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Discussion 1 : 22/12/2013 at 04:15 PM
The Dems may have demanded that she resign as PM, but that didn't mean there had to be a dissolution.
Discussion 2 : 22/12/2013 at 01:35 PM
Where will it end? A failed state?
Discussion 3 : 22/12/2013 at 12:12 PM
Certainly it was YS' own decision. The "Democrats" nonetheless demanded a dissolution before she did so and, as I said, Abhisit praised her responsibility for doing so.
Discussion 4 : 22/12/2013 at 11:46 AM
I don't think the Dems "demanded" the dissolution. This was Yingluck's own decision.
Discussion 5 : 22/12/2013 at 11:08 AM
The "Democrats" have no business not taking part. They demanded YS dissolve Parliament and AV actually praised her "responsibility" when she did so. I appreciate that they are actually unscrupulous and unprincipled but they can expect to be yet further marginalised as a result of the boycott.
Discussion 6 : 22/12/2013 at 10:35 AM
So now we know. The last thing the democrats want is democracy. The first thing they want is power without a mandate from the majority. Let's have a dictatorship or mob rule or whatever the rich want. If the people do no support you then your policies need to change. If you do not really have policies, merely using words such as reform, then nobody knows what your intentions are. Suggested policies: Stop corruption at all levels. Introduce a tax system that works, stop loopholes that exclude millions from the system. Pay teachers, the army and nurses a living wage. Improve education so that a Thai University degree has some standing. Etc
Discussion 7 : 22/12/2013 at 09:07 AM
While governed for more than 2 years, the thai government has shown no interest in political reform. Thaksin has never been the face of democracy. PT government was busy implementing fail populist policies and proceeding with unprecedented borrowing that will eventually lead the country toward bankruptcy. Its absolute majority rule has not strengthen but weaken parliament checks and balances. It has shown no interest in promoting good governance. Holding an election to whitewash its sin does no favor to democracy in Thailand. The next government will do what it does best - skimming off our national budget.
Discussion 8 : 22/12/2013 at 09:02 AM
Statements from a retreaded leader who gave away big port folios so he could remain a PM. I am not a Thaksin fan, but Abhisit is no different. In fact, he did not do anything to improve the country while a PM. Now, what he is saying is he will do anything to regain his position. Is he a reformer? Heck no! Give me a better alternative.
Discussion 9 : 22/12/2013 at 04:21 AM
If democrats is not ready to go to the polls Thailand will effectively be one party state. They will also lose all funds and support that comes with seats in the Parliament.
Discussion 10 : 22/12/2013 at 04:16 AM
Under the present circumstances, this is the right decision. The Democrats have resigned from parliament and after the election, the situation will not change . Going back as MP after the election would be the same as before. Democrats would betray their supporters and protesters, if they don't stick to their principles. They want reforms beforehand and so do millions of people. Maybe other opposition parties will follow ( Newin ) . I expect millions of people to boycott the elections. Pheu Thai can't rule alone long time with a few opposition MP in parliament. They should resign now and agree to a reform before new elections take place.
Discussion 11 : 22/12/2013 at 03:48 AM
Boo hoo. 'If you wont let me win, then I'm taking my bat and ball and going home.'
Discussion 12 : 22/12/2013 at 03:15 AM
The DP boycott this time so next time the PT will boycott too because they will use the same technique. ThaiLand is doomed and bloodshed will rise.
Discussion 13 : 22/12/2013 at 02:48 AM
Exactly! But you never know, there are always some surprises. They seem to be ahead of the game and that is the problem. All this for just one man's greed.
Discussion 14 : 22/12/2013 at 01:33 AM
If you don't run or vote you should not complain or protest the results.
Discussion 15 : 22/12/2013 at 12:00 AM
Well spoken by Abhisit. The only correction I would make is to insert: "some" people have lost their trust in Thailand's political system. As there are numerous other parties that will be contesting the election, sorry to see them go.
Discussion 16 : 21/12/2013 at 11:17 PM
The dems would be surprised of how many more people would vote for them, if only they stopped this limp display of "boohoo, it's no use, snif snif". AV won a lot of respect, just by showing up for court. He did not run like a scared rabbit, and he did not try to push illegal bills in the middle of the night for his own benefit. That MUST count for something...
Discussion 17 : 21/12/2013 at 10:37 PM
Abhisit and the Dems give credence to the saying "you can't win if you don't try." And they're the biggest losers around.
Discussion 18 : 21/12/2013 at 10:22 PM
This is a real test for the Democrats for not fielding any candidates for this election. Hope all protesters to fight alongside with them to create a new and cleaner Thailand.
Discussion 19 : 21/12/2013 at 09:44 PM
As is their democratic right to withdraw.
Discussion 20 : 21/12/2013 at 08:44 PM
Sure you want the party to become an instrument for the people to reform the country,more like you know that you will lose the election unless the rules are changed to your favour,when your party was in power the corruption was no different then what it is now,what needs to be reformed is the laws regarding corruption at all levels of society,get serious about corruption and don't sugar coat the charges when people are caught with their hand in the cookie jar,the problem in thailand is class society,the poor see all the rich getting richer thru corruption and that is why we have problems that divide the country.
Discussion 21 : 21/12/2013 at 07:57 PM
Thaksin always wanted a one-party state - it looks like he will soon have one!
Discussion 22 : 21/12/2013 at 07:50 PM
You have my respect in not joining the train to the Abyss.
Discussion 23 : 21/12/2013 at 07:42 PM
The red shirts are going to be filthy with the Dems, no vote buying required.
Discussion 24 : 21/12/2013 at 07:34 PM
Your move, Yingluck.

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