BANGKOK, a pro-military party in Thailand on Monday, took a leading position in the vote in the weekend vote, hinting that the army that organized the coup in 2014 is likely to continue to hold power.
On Monday afternoon, a populist force that in one or another incarnation dominated all previous elections this century, declared its own victory.
The partial number suggests that the populist party, Pheu Thai, has so far collected the largest number of parliamentary seats, which, according to party representatives, is a more important indicator of the popular vote. The party represents the interests of Thaksin Shinawatra, a polarizing former prime minister who is loved by the poor because he is overlooked by the elite. House, compared to 97 for the Prwar party, Palang Pracharat, according to the election commission.
The Powers Chuang-Ochi, the leader of the junta that organized the coup, said he seemed ready to continue as a prime minister, although the party that nominated him, Palang Prahacar, was in second place in the 500 places in the lower house.
As the constitution drafted by the military in the country ensures that the 250-member Senate is fully appointed by the military, Mr Pratt may rely on enough votes on both sides of Parliament to maintain his top position. In an unusual turnaround of parliamentary democracy, a candidate for prime minister in Thailand should not be elected a member of parliament.
Purawich Watanasukh, a research fellow at King Prajapak's Institute in Thailand, said he was "quite surprised by the Palan Prahart executed. "Mr. Purawich was among many analysts who predicted that Mr Prayuth's lack of popularity could affect the performance of the military party.  Support for the junta is arranged before the start of the vote. And Sunday's vote was full of reports of irregularities and concerns about repeated delays in announcing the results.
The complete unofficial vote on Sunday is not expected by the end of this week. said at a press conference Monday afternoon that "from the outset we said that every party that receives the most votes can form a government."
On Friday, Mr Pratt, a former warlord with an ambivalent attitude to democracy, spoke of his commitment to his homeland. "I love Thailand and I will die for this country," he told a political rally.
On Monday afternoon, the Election Commission delayed the release of the informal number of Sunday's elections for the third time. Such delays have never happened before, experts say in Thai elections
Before the vote began, the election commission appointed by the junta said there would be preliminary results to be reported by about 8 hours. Sunday. But late tonight, Election Committee Chairman Itiporn Bungrakong said the census would stop at night and the results would be released Monday at 10 am
"I do not have a calculator," he said.
This deadline was later changed at 2 pm The Election Commission then said the results would be published at 4 pm, but only for 350 of the 500 seats in the lower house.
The winners of the remaining 150 seats can be announced on Friday, said Deputy Secretary General of the Nut Laosisavakul Commission. Monday afternoon
It is unclear what caused this last delay. The calculation of who will fill these 150 seats, which are parties rather than constituencies, is complicated. But with the increase in irregularities, election observers are nervous.
"In my view, the electoral commission is obliged to continue counting ballots at night, so it is potentially problematic or illegal," said Pandit Chanochanakit, Deputy Dean. The Department of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Before the election, Bangkok diplomats warned that any delay in announcing the results could raise concerns, especially since relatively few independent election observers are deployed. Pandit said hundreds of students, organized by an alliance of scientists, scattered across the country to watch in 350 constituencies and reported numerous irregularities, including a vote count that was not conducted transparently.
The problems that make this election are not free or fair, "he said.
The number of invalid ballots is nearly 6%, the election commission said, and 1.5% of the ballots did not vote.
Sudarat Keyuraphan, Pheu The Thai Prime Minister's candidate called for normal policy to prevail.
"Regardless of the outcome that a party should get a majority, it must first form a coalition government," she said. "We do not want to fight anyone for power."
Official election results on Sunday may not be released by early May.
This month the country will celebrate the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. In a constitutional monarchy with some of the harshest royal defamation laws, any political instability can be seen as detrimental to national unity.
Anti-Muntean forces consist of working-class people, loyal to the populist party of Thaksin. and urban elite, tired of the way politics has polarized for nearly two decades.
Future ahead, a new party founded by Tanattor Zhenggrangkit, the successor to the wealth of auto parts, won a surprisingly large number of seats in the partial Sunday election list, a remarkable feat for a party that did not exist a year ago. Mr. Tanatourn, one of the hardest critics of the junta, has called for a reduction in the nation's military budget.
"Now I have my own voice and I want a new voice to make the country and make the country better. direction with a better economy, "said Panita Dingung, a student and voter for the first time.
It is very unclear how politics will unfold in the coming months, especially since the constitution drawn up by the military has introduced deadlines and unknown rules, strangers.
If Mr Pryut continues to be prime minister, he will not enjoy the same luxury conditions as when Thailand is ruled by a junta, analysts said.
"He will no longer have absolute power and will deal with parliamentary issues. politics is something he is not familiar with – said Mr. Purawich.
Meanwhile, some of the democratic parties face potential existential crises. Pheu Thai may be dissolved if unresolved appeals against the party continue. Two of Pheu Thai's precursors are disbanded for election fraud.
Thaksin is now abroad in exile after convictions about corruption, as well as his sister, Yinlok Shinawatra, another former prime minister.
"The last gift God can give you is hope," said Mr. Thaksin on Monday, predicting much better performance than Pheu Thai
Other parties, including Future Forward, have criminal charges against their leaders, over them. Mr. Tanatourn could still understand on Tuesday whether he would face jail for alleged computer crimes that stem from the video posted last year by Facebook. politically motivated.