The 2019 Thai general election is scheduled for the 24th of March.
There have been some mixed-messages regarding international observers overseeing the election process. Some examples:
In November 2018, Reuters wrote an article titled:
Thai junta says no need for foreign observers at next year's election
The Jakarta Post wrote in December 2018:
Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai made news in early November when he announced that he saw no need for foreign observers to monitor the country’s general elections which are expected to take place between February and May of 2019.
“Allowing foreign observers means we have problems, in their eyes or in our own view. It means we can’t take care of ourselves. And that’s inauspicious,” Don told reporters at Government House, adding that the best observers would be the Thai voters themselves.
Contrary to those indications that foreign observers would not be allowed, Thai PBS wrote in December 2018:
The Election Commission has made clear it does not object to having international observers monitor the forthcoming election on February 24.
EC chairman Itthiporn Boonprakong said Wednesday that he had discussed the issue of international observers with the other six election commissioners and all agreed in principle that foreign observers are welcome as there is no reason not to continue the tradition of having foreign observers monitor elections here.
So, which is it? Is Thailand going to allow international observers for the 2019 election? I'm especially interested in court rulings or updated statements by officials (e.g. from the government or the electoral commission).