[Moved from the ‘To the Courts’ post]
I just saw Chang Noi’s recent column “Such a Strange Election”, in which he has an interesting observation:
The most striking difference is that 3.8 million people spoiled their ballot paper on the constituency vote, but only 1.6 million on the party list vote. In other words, at least 2.2 million people spoiled one ballot paper but not the other. In addition, at least 0.6 million decided to no-vote on one ballot paper, but not on the other. It’s very difficult to understand why the number of protest votes (no-vote or spoilt ballot) was around 3 million higher on the constituency vote than on the party list vote. You’d expect the opposite. If you wanted to register a protest against Thaksin, it would make more sense to do it on the party list ballot. On top, more people selected the minor parties on the party list than on the constituency vote. Again, you’d expect the opposite.
If you are a Thaksin supporter, you may not like Chang Noi’s bold hints of a conspiricy theory… but I think it’s a puzzle well worth looking at. Comments please on your take on this ‘strange’ election result.