Four elections to watch in 2019 in Asia

Thailand (Feb. 24)

February 24 will be an important date for many in Asian market as Thailand will be holding a general election and for the first time the ruling junta will face voters since 2014 when power was seized. Repeat of street clashes cannot be ruled out, repeating the 2014 vote. Former general and current prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is ahead of close ally of deposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra in most of the polls.

Indonesia (Apr. 17)

Next date to watch in Asia is April 17 when Indonesia will be holding presidential election and it will be a rematch between current president Joko Widodo, who is ahead in the polls, and rival Prabowo Subianto. The key factors to prevail during the campaigns will be falling rupiah and religion sentiment.

India (May)

India too will be holding general elections and date is yet to be announced. It probably would be in May and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is now stung due to recent losses in three main Assembly elections. Prime minister Narendra Modi has done little to improve ties with Pakistan or China.

Australia (May)

By May 18 Australia will be having a federal election to select new parliament. It is assumed to be a blow to Liberal Party, which suffered losses in recent by-elections.

Paul Linus