Asean politicians tell Thai junta to restore democracy, hold early polls

As the Thai military government completes four years of rule on Tuesday (May 22,) a rights group in Southeast Asia has asked the junta led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha (pictured) to immediately lift all curbs on fundamental freedom and hold free and fair elections this year. Politicians of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) said the military regime kept postponing election dates at least four times saying it has yet to complete its reforms. It is high time the junta keeps the promise to Thai people and restores democracy, said Charles Santiago, chairman of the association’s Parliamentarians for Human Rights. The government has further postponed polls to February 2019 from November this year.  Political parties cannot protest or engage in other activities under the military rule in Thailand. Defying the ban, hundreds of pro-democracy activists are planning to take out a march to the Government House early on Tuesday demanding holding of free and fair elections this year.