An election is not the answer to Thailand’s current crisis. The problem here is not about vote-buying or corruption. It has to do with those in power and their continued avoidance of the most important issues – political grievances, double standards, the unequal share of political power and the uneven distribution of national wealth.

– Extracted from Pavin Chachavalpongpun, “An election will not fix Thailand’s woes”, East Asia Forum, 22 March 2011.