The election for Thailand's 150-seat Senate in Mar 2014, if it happens, will brings only 77 senators to the upper house through popular election. The other 73 are appointed by judges and independent government bodies.
The ruling Pheu Thai party wants a fully-elected senate, a bid the Thai court rejected in Nov 2013. The bid is seen as a way of boosting the party's dominance and is another of the grievances fuelling the anti-government protesters in Bangkok. Thailand remains politically divided following a 2006 coup that ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and the political turmoil courts another military takeover in the coup-prone country.
Date written/update: 2014-03-10