PM red faced over colour slip slip up

Having urged all Thais to go to the polls on Sunday, stressing the election would determine Thailand's future, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra then turned around and almost ruined her own ballot by making a blunder at her polling station: she picked the wrong box for her vote.

Ms Yingluck arrived at polling unit No 32 at Khlong Lamchiak School in Bung Kum district at 8.10am amid an army of journalists from local and foreign news agencies and security officers.

The ballot papers for party-list votes are orange, while the ones for constituency voting are purple. 

However, the caretaker leader placed the orange party-list ballot in a box with a clear sign in Thai which translates in English as “constituency system”. 

She did the same with the purple constituency voting paper, putting it in another box that says “party-list system”.

It was reported that journalists were busy trying to get a good picture of Ms Yingluck casting her vote, while election officials were probably distracted by her appearance and failed to notice the slip. 

It was only after Ms Yingluck had left the polling place that the press began to notice the irregularities in the photos they had taken.

The pictures of Ms Yingluck’s misplacing her ballot paper have gone viral in the social media and mostly drawn negative criticism against her.  

Many internet users assumed that Ms Yingluck was probably too busy with posing and smiling for the cameras before placing her ballots and did not notice that she was putting them in the wrong boxes. Others thought the incident was an embarassing mistake that should not have been made by a politician with a position as high as prime minister. 

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was quickly to take a swipe at Ms Yingluck.

Election Commission officials said Ms Yingluck’s ballots remain valid despite the mistake.

A video clip, uploaded to YouTube by NaewnaOnline, shows the caretaker premier misplacing her ballot papers in the Sunday, Feb 2 election. 

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 04/02/2014 at 12:04 AM
The first image is cut off (intentionally?), but in other photos it clearly shows orange slips in that box.
Discussion 2 : 03/02/2014 at 12:50 PM
The point is that how can she be fit to lead a country when she can't even put her ballot papers in the right box.
Discussion 3 : 03/02/2014 at 09:41 AM
This is the Thai culture, when a big shot makes a mistake every one smiles and giggles. The real question is why doesn't a PM have staff whose job it is to look out for the PM while she is doing the PM thing smiling and being the PM. This was not a little thing, it was an embarrassment to the PTP and the PM, no way around that.
Discussion 4 : 03/02/2014 at 06:11 AM
Let me guess, she voted no as well.
Discussion 5 : 03/02/2014 at 04:57 AM
"Election Commission officials said Ms Yingluck’s ballots remain valid despite the mistake." The authority said it is ok. It is such a childish act trying to find fault on others.
Discussion 6 : 03/02/2014 at 04:17 AM
Well that just says it all !
Discussion 7 : 03/02/2014 at 04:15 AM
Respect your vote.
Discussion 8 : 03/02/2014 at 02:15 AM
Right on, Puppa. What did they do, dig through all the ballots in the box to find only hers and switch it so it is correct? Maybe she made a special mark on hers so they could find it rather than someone else's incorrect vote. Uh huh.....
Discussion 9 : 03/02/2014 at 01:38 AM
Why people make big thing out of little thing. Yingluck is the most elegant, non confrontational, non shouting politician, who does not swear, and that is something different to normal Thai politician.
Discussion 10 : 03/02/2014 at 12:04 AM
How does this make her vote legal. Wrong color, wrong box. If she marked an X in the wrong box, scratched it out and marked another, it would be a spoiled ballot. The boxes are there for a reason. To put your vote in the right box. If it was anyone else in a Democratic election it would be a spoiled vote. Both of them.
Discussion 11 : 02/02/2014 at 11:59 PM
Just to prove that PT still has the popular vote - an attempt to whitewash her sins. There is no shame. Any PM who behave this way should be impeached.
Discussion 12 : 02/02/2014 at 11:19 PM
BTW. Why use 3.2bn bath of the taxpayer money on an election, when tomorrow will be exactly the same as today. She will still be a caretaker prime-minister, as she was yesterday and so will the rest of her government. Not able to take any decisions on the rice-scam to keep the farmers happy or to govern. It is a constitutional right to vote and it is important for the democracy, but for what?
Discussion 13 : 02/02/2014 at 11:18 PM
Even here EC officials fail - there are a lot of them around and their job is to supervise and tell voters which box to use. But even this simple job EC cannot do. Look at the video again.
Discussion 14 : 02/02/2014 at 11:07 PM
now you can call to dubai because AIS giving you a cheap call rates.
Discussion 15 : 02/02/2014 at 10:50 PM
PDRC be proactive, no reactive
Discussion 16 : 02/02/2014 at 10:27 PM
Mistakes are sometimes inevitable in life, she is under pressure and tension
Discussion 17 : 02/02/2014 at 09:37 PM
You can forgive her for the mistake but it was poor form to blame the official. Ignorance is not an excuse. Blaming another reveals a weak character.
Discussion 18 : 02/02/2014 at 08:42 PM
Well at least this mistake has not cost the taxpayers billions of Baht.
Discussion 19 : 02/02/2014 at 08:19 PM
We can all make mistakes. Ms Yinluck has certainly made more than her fair share!!!!

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