Thai voters show up to 2023 General Election in stunning cosplay and colourful outfits

Photo via AEC TV Online, Matichon, and MGR Online

Thai voters flocked to the 2023 General Election polling stations throughout the kingdom in stunning cosplay and colourful outfits. Costumes and outfits ranged from party colours to Spiderman outfits, monk-inspired dresses, and traditional Thai wedding dresses.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced yesterday that the General Election in Bangkok witnessed the highest voter turnout in history. Over 74% of eligible voters cast their ballots.

The Election Commission of Thailand (EC) also announced today that the election was meaningful as it had the largest turnout of voters since the EC took charge of the voting. Nealy 40 million out of 52 million eligible voters cast their ballots.

Aside from exercising their right to vote, voters also made this election the most colourful ever with their dresses. According to the law, voters are prohibited from wearing clothes displaying party names, party numbers, candidate numbers, or party logos. However, the law allows voters to showcase their allegiance through party colours, resulting in a colourful spectacle at polling stations all across the nation.

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Let’s take a closer look at some of the captivating ensembles donned by Thai voters on election day yesterday!

A noodles seller in the central province of Ang Thong, 58 year old Worrakit Inthakorn, wore a Spiderman outfit when visiting a polling station on his motorcycle. Worrakit revealed that he always wore the outfit when selling noodles and couldn’t resist the opportunity to wear it while casting his vote.

Spiderman at Thailand General Election 2023
Photo via Facebook/ Matichon Online – มติชนออนไลน์

In the northern province of Nakhon Panom, a man, 44 year old Boonhome Charoenjai, wore an outfit of a character called Ngo Pa in a Thai poem written by King Rama 5, Romance of the Sakai or Ngo Pa. As a charcoal vendor, Boonhome utilised charcoal to mimic the appearance of Ngo Pa, a Maniq character from the poem.

Thai voter outfits in 2023 General Election
Photo via Facebook/ Daily News

A couple in the southern province of Chum Phon also visited the polling station in their wedding dresses. The bride Naphassorn and groom Natthawut paused their wedding celebrations to fulfil their civic duty by casting their votes. The two revealed to the media that they intended to resume the festivities in the afternoon, ensuring both love and democracy had their rightful place on their special day.

Couple cast ballots in wedding outfits during 2023 General Election
Photo via Facebook/ นายสรสิน เสวกวัชรี

A bride in another area also shared a video on TikTok, capturing her sprint from the car to the polling station in her traditional Thai wedding dress. She said…

“When I want both a husband and democracy at the same time. The wedding day on the election day!”

@cavy4_love

#เลือกตั้งวันแต่งงาน #เจ้าสาวร้านอัญมณีทอง

♬ แว้กๆ แว้ๆ สเต็ปรำ – ไวกิ้ง❤️‍🔥

Another couple posted a video that showcased their unity by donning matching bright orange outfits. The man was in an orange suit with two oranges hanging around his neck and the woman dazzled in a fluffy orange dress with a huge orange ribbon on her head.

@jha_eves

ตอบกลับ @inthira.ain เลือกคนละพรรค แต่ก็อยู่ด้วยกันได้🧡🇹🇭🤣 #เจ้าของแบรนด์อีฟส์ #EVES #แบรนด์อีฟส์ #เลือกตั้ง66 #กินไปกับจ๋า #แม่จ๋าพ่อแซน

♬ Cupid – Twin Ver. (FIFTY FIFTY) – Sped Up Version – sped up 8282

A man in the northern province of Lampang, Weerapong, also visited a polling station in an orange dress inspired by a traditional monk. As Thai monks are not permitted to vote, authorities summoned him for questioning. However, after a thorough investigation, it was determined that Weerapong’s outfit did not violate any laws.

Thai voter 2023 General Election
Photo via KhaoSod

The 2023 General Election vote was officially closed yesterday at 5pm, but the official outcome result is yet to be announced. The EC will announce the result within 60 days of the General Election.

The unofficial result revealed the Move Forward Party (MFP) as the frontrunner, garnering the most votes across the country. The MFP leader, Pita Limjaroenrat, is expected to be the 30th Prime Minister of Thailand.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at petch@thethaiger.com.

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