Thailand dissolved its Parliament on Monday to clear the way for an election in May, according to
The announcement said King Maha Vajiralongkorn had endorsed a decree to dissolve Parliament, ahead of an election that must be held 45 to 60 days after dissolution.
“This is a swift return of political decision-making power to the people to elect a democratic government with the King as head of state,” the announcement said.
The election is expected to take place on May 7 or May 14.
The May general election will choose members of Parliament, which together with the Senate will select a prime minister by the end of July, with a cabinet named by early August, according to a timeline provided by the government.
The timeline after dissolution of Parliament:
5 days after dissolution: Deadline for the Election Commission to announce the date of the election and the registration of MP candidates
7 days after dissolution: Deadline for candidate registration; EC to announce list of candidates
25 days before election: EC announces polling stations and voter list
20 days before election: Citizens receive letters informing them of their eligibility to vote
20 days before election: Committee for each polling station appointed
10 days before election: EC announces any changes to polling stations
10 days before election: Deadline for voters to make changes to names and info on voter lists
7 days before election: Deadline for voters to give reasons for not voting