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The Thai General Election held on 2 February 2014 has been declared null and void owing to the fact that the election was not held the same day nationwide.

When the ruling party Pheu Thai, endeavored to pass a controversial amnesty bill in the month of November 2013, there ensued a bevy of protestors from all corners. The bill was meant to nullify the charges made against the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The opposition claimed that the party was trying to bring back Thaksin to power.

Way back in 2008, Thaksin Shinawatra, the brother of the current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was found guilty of corruption charges and for abusing power. Since then he has been in a self-imposed exile. Many claim that Yingluck is acting as a substitute for her brother, who is dominating the politics of Thailand from his exile through his sister.

Anti-government protests, aimed to remove the strong influence of Thaksin from Thailand politics. The protests turned violent with increase in demand for the government to resign and pressure on the Shinawatra family to quit politics. This was followed by the resignation of numerous opposition MPs.

Yingluck declared that she had requested the King to dissolve the parliament to resolve the current situation. In her words, "At this stage, when there are many people opposed to the government from many groups, the best way is to give back the power to the Thai people and hold an election, so the Thai people will decide."

However, the opposition interrupted the voting session in 69 of 375 constituencies demanding a boycott. They physically blocked officials from assembling the ballots, while at the same time, hindered voters' registrations in many of the constituencies. This disruption delayed the election and prevented it from taking place on the same day.

Therefore, the constitutional court declared the February 2014 elections as null and void because it could not be completed within a single day all over the nation. Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban opined that protests would go on until their demands of forming an unelected “people’s council” are complied. According to them, “we have not yet reached our goal. The dissolving of parliament is not our aim.”

Suthep Thaugsuban recently told his supporters in a speech, “If the court rules the election void, don't even dream that there will be another election. If a new election date is declared, then we'll take care of every province and the election won't be successful again."

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