Next Thai general election
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Early general elections were held on 2 February 2014 after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra asked King Bhumibol Adulyadej to dissolve parliament more than a year early due to a political crisis. The elections were boycotted by the main opposition Democrat Party, and disruption by protestors meant that voting in some constituencies had to be delayed until a later date.
In April 2014 the Constitutional Court ruled that the election was unconstitutional because the voting had not taken place on the same day across the country. Following an agreement between the Election Commission and Shinawatra, the fresh elections were set for 20 July. However, the elections were cancelled after the coup.
The current government, led by Retired General Prayut Chan-o-cha announced the election date in 2016 (delayed a year from the previously scheduled in 2015) due to erradicate Thaksin Shinawatra's influence in Thailand. 
- Thailand elections not for a year, says coup leader BBC News, 30 May 2014
- Thailand to hold fresh election on 20 July BBC News, 30 April 2014
- Thai general election delayed until 2016 Reuters, 27 November 2014