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    Indonesians upbeat despite competing claims of victory

    Asia focus, Published on 15/07/2014

    » Indonesia is holding its breath until July 22 when the General Elections Commission announces the official results of the July 9 presidential election, as both tickets claim victory based on quick counts released just hours after polling stations were closed.


    Nectec develops blockchain for elections

    Business, Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, Published on 03/01/2019

    » Thailand can use blockchain technology for elections, with a hybrid model that combines e-voting in close groups and traditional voting, as Thais still need time to build up digital literacy. When 5G is eventually adopted, all voters will be connected, says the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center.


    India's 'one election' fantasy

    Asia focus, Published on 05/03/2018

    » 'One India, One Election" sounds like a glittering dream; it promises togetherness while placing the central government on a pedestal as the guardian of the public good.


    Can Dual-Class Shares Work for Thailand Inc?

    Business, Published on 22/12/2014

    » The political debate rages on between the Constitutional Drafting Committee crowd and the National Reform Council camp, with innuendos that Thailand is not ready for a Western-style democracy where one man one vote is the norm. Some even went so far as to suggest that Bangkok residents are more educated and pay more taxes and therefore their votes should carry more weight than the upcountry folks. At first this line of argument may sound absurd, but if one dares to think outside the box, it may not be so preposterous after all.


    Thai IPOs to rebound on fund inflows

    Bloomberg News, Published on 22/04/2014

    » Thailand's stock exchange will exceed its target for initial share sales this year as foreign funds return, even as a political deadlock raises the risk of further street protests, an exchange official said.


    Survey reveals consumer angst amid political woes

    Business, Phusadee Arunmas, Published on 07/02/2014

    » Economic growth will come in below 2% this year if the anti-government protests last through the first half, warns a survey by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).


    The Year Ahead

    Asia focus, Published on 06/01/2014

    » After weathering many challenges in 2013, Asia enters a new year with a degree of optimism as it sees itself playing an ever-larger role in shaping the future of the global community, both economically and socially. The region is poised to continue as the driver of the global economy, despite the resurgence of the United States economy and signs of hope in Europe, but Asia faces some challenging times ahead as well. While more good news is expected from Japan, expectations are more modest in two other major engines of growth, China and India. In China, a shaky banking sector is raising concerns, while in India, the campaign for the election will bring economic policymaking to a halt. Smaller countries have their own worries, among them Cambodia where opposition to the government is mounting. As for Thailand, stay tuned.


    Shrugs in Shangri-La

    Asia focus, Published on 24/06/2013

    » Though it has been a democracy in name for five years, Bhutan remains close to British author James Hilton’s description of “Shangri-La”. The word “change” still does not capture the hearts of the people of this Buddhist nation, as was seen in the elections two weeks ago.

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