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Turbulent Thailand

Thai election campaigners confused by flurry of niggling rules

New regulations aim to keep poll clean and fair, but risk political turbulence

Former prime minister and leader of the Democrat Party Abhisit Vejjajiva campaigns in Samut Sakhon Province, Thailand. He has complained the new election rules are "trivial and overly complicated." (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

BANGKOK -- The Election Commission of Thailand has implemented a series of campaign restrictions ahead of candidate registration for the upcoming general election on March 24. The rules are meant to keep the poll clean and fair, but political specialists warn that they might cause political turbulence after the poll.

Since King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun issued a decree to hold a general election and the Election Commission announced the poll schedule on Jan. 23, the authority has been gradually introducing new campaign regulations. The most recent one came out on Monday.

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