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A Tale of Two Parties

Since the time of the election was announced, I had contemplated how to make a data visualisation for Kino Sydney at Object Gallery. It was not until the week after the election I got a clear idea what I want to do—just a simple result of the elections from 1901 to 2010.

A Tale of Two Parties from ApostrophePong on Vimeo.

And finally, Australia has decided who’d be the Prime Minister after the election in August 2010. The close result between Labor Party and the coalition gave a mighty power to the Greens the independents to decide who could govern. It triggered me to do the research on the history of the result and present as a motion graphics. I was going to add more complex data such as the senate seats but that would come along later.

Thailand Election Map 2007-2009


Move your mouse over the image to see the 2009 map. (It is not too long to wait for the second image loaded.)

Move your mouse over to see the 2009 map

I cannot find any visual data on by-election in Thailand to compare with the election in 2007 so I have to do it myself. Because this election is the first test of the new Government led by the Democrat and pro-Thaksin protesters (red shirts) do not like it, it is interesting to see how the votes swing.

Even though the coalition gains some stability with 20 more seats in the parliament, the country still struggles to find the way to reconcile their stands. It seems divided into two and he change is just too small to get excited.

Disclaimer:

  • This is not an actual representative of data. I just simply estimate it.
  • This map is not weighted by the number of MP in each province. For instance, Bangkok would be the biggest in proportion with 39 members.
  • It does not take a genius why I use red to represent the PPP and Peua Thai Party but why not yellow for the Democrat. Because they both are different creatures. Besides their colour is blue.
  • The years represented in the map are in B.E.
  • I would love to go deep down to electorate level. Unfortunately, it is not going to happen without the full map of Thailand. I am not that nerdy.

The Unstoppable Samak

Samak Sundaravej

I have to say I am almost shattered with the unofficial result of the latest Thai General Election. It is likely to be in the favour of pro-Thaksin People’s Power Party (PPP). That means its leader, Samak Sundaravej (สมัคร สุนทรเวช), could get the first choice to be the next Thai Prime Minister and form the government. EEEWWWW!!!

He had been ministers many times and the hi-light would be the Minister of Transport while Thailand was in rise of bubble economy in the 80s where he could grant big projects under his authority. However, the long time in politics had taught him that he would never get to the top of the mountain because his strong base and supporters would never expand beyond Bangkok. So he’d rather be the big fish in a small pond and demote himself by going for local politics, which won him the Bangkok Governor title in 2000. But would that be enough for him? It could be until the big opportunity for him to grab the country’s strong hold of dissolved Thai Rak Thai voters and lead the party.

No one knows how long he would govern the country for, maybe until he lets Thaksin back in without any trials as promised or until another protest against his allies to lead to another coup. Have we learn something from the past at all? Here are some reminders:

I honestly cannot trust this low-rent doormat. Mind you! I did not go to vote and have not voted for almost a decade since I moved to Sydney. I have just got a new Thai ID card but it was too late to register for overseas voting this election. But I have a feeling I am not going have to wait for another four years to vote in the next election.

Thai Election Kicks Off

The first 5 days in Bangkok were very frustrating without the Internet connection at my brother’s because it’s far away from any wifi hot spot coverage and I didn’t realise that MacBook Pro hadn’t internal modem. Who would have thought of that? We are taking broadband for granted. I had to carry the laptop around the city to get connected.

Apple External ModemEventually, I bought Apple USB Modem for a reasonable price, 2,000 Baht, from iStudio at Siam Discovery Centre. Now I am on the Net but have to get used to 56.6 speed.

Stilgherrian is following up Australian election. It turns out to be a boring one for him. Well, he’s going to see something different here with Thai General Election. It starts today with live coverage on the draw of party list election number. The draw has two stages. The preliminary sets the order for the party leaders to come up to draw the actual number for the election.

Constitution Tray (พานรัฐธรรมนูญ)

This is crucial to get an auspicious number: one and nine. Logically, they are easy to remember. However, most parties rely on superstition because there are not many differences in the policies. After the disintegration of Thai Rak Thai Party, its members moved across all over to other parties, as Thaksin bought them to upsized his party then, or formed new ones. So far I see the same old politicians in new parties, some are now the leader. One of them, Sanoh Thienthong of Royal People Party, who won the luckiest number, nine, gives an interview. He blabs how the event went into his favour not much of his manifesto. I can’t be less convinced.