Although elections in Thailand have been postponed until at least mid-2018, Pattaya officials talked democracy to about 200 residents.
City council members were joined by bureaucrats Jan. 19 to lecture on the general concepts of democracy, including government before and after promulgation of a constitution and elections.
City Council President Anan Angkanawisai acknowledged democracy is important for people and the country and explained the indirect system of representation used in Thailand in the past.
He also defined plutocracy, what rights people have, what rights protection is, and the importance of elections and appointment of representatives.
He said youths need to be aware that democracy is not only casting a ballot, but participation in the use of government’s power to manage various things and to solve conflicts.
The crowd was split into two groups and received further lessons from the Deputy Chairman of the Council on Social Welfare of Child and Youth Development Thailand Panon Piecharoen.