Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi

Tensions Start To Rise with Thai Election Commission over Thai Princess Contending for the Post of the PM

On Monday, Thailand’s Election Commission will be contemplating on the shocking nomination of Thai princess as a prime ministerial candidate for March elections, after her brother King Maha VajiralongKorn, labeled it as unsuitable and not according to the political constitution.

The commission would also review a complaint attempting to ban the Populist Party that stupefied the Southeast Asian nation by recommending Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, 67, for the post of the prime ministership.

The March 24 election will be the first. Since a military coup in 2014, the 24th March election would be held for the first time.

Since 1932, Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy but the royal family brandishes considerable influence and demands the devotion of millions of Thais.

Last week, Ubolratana’s shocking nomination by the Thai Raksa Chart party, which comprises of supporters of displaced ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, broke from a time-honored tradition of the members of the royal family to remain above politics.

Princess Ubolratana gave up her royal titles after getting married to an American in the 1970s and has appeared in many soap operas as well as in action movie.

However, King Vajiralongkorn released a statement that readout that within hours of her candidacy being declared it was highly “unfitting” for members of the royal family to make an entry into politics.

The dramatic events that unfurled over the past three days have put Thais on edge. Riot police units were on high alert in Pichit province, north of Bangkok, where the princess was due to visit later this week.

On Monday, on Thai-languageTwitter the hashtag #coup was trending and a document also started to circulate online asserting that the junta had sacked commanders in the army, navy and air force.

A spokeswoman of the government’s assistant, Colonel Taksada Sangkhachan, stated that the document was a fake one and the government had filed a case with police. Till Friday, the Election Commission has to rule on Ubolratana’s candidacy. Although, the members are not likely to ignore the wishes of the king who, while a constitutional monarch, is regarded semi-divine in Thai society.