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After six years of often bloody political protests, Thai citizens are going to vote this weekend.

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA
Some Thailand election posters are as big as this unfinished 20 storey hotel.

Fumes is offering a glimpse of the styles and subjects used in campaigns during this general election. Fumes attempts to translate the various campaign slogans that reveal candidates' platforms and agendas.

In Thailand, the members of the House of Representatives get elected not by winner takes all, but by proportional representation. Since there are multiple parties on the ballot, voters are free to check as many boxes as they wish, either "yes" or "no".

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"Run (Tiger)"... "Meet (Alligator)"... "If you don't want either one of them, mark X near the NO".

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

Election polls are being held on the 3rd of July, 2554 (which corresponds to the Gregorian year 2011).

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"Stop the fire in the country". "Negative violence" (over the photo)"

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"Good people never die", "Bored (in red)", "Organised assembly (in yellow)", "Candidate n.12 protects your rights."

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"Go forward with a plan for the Thai people", "Give more credit and lower interest rates for education and university fees. 250.000 Baht yearly for each student"

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"They want to thank you for sending them to international sporting events"

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

Extreme poverty is still rife, especially in big cities like Bangkok.

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"No hidden agendas, no discounts, no exchanges, no bribes, no special sales, we plan to check and control corruption."

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"When you need integrity, choose candidate no.5", "Politicians are like diapers, the more you change them the better"

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"We can clean up Bangkok together", "this is your chance to do it the proper legal way."

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"Vote 'Yes'. Let's move forward for King and capitalism"

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"Difficult to choose because they are both deceitful?", "On the 3rd of July if you don't want either of them, put an X next to the 'NO'"

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"Get rid of animals, don't put them back in parliament", "NO"

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"July 3rd, the wake up day, no more lies"

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"One point for you", "Stop degradation and extreme colours."

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"Please choose Civil Peace Party"

Fumes - Thailand election posters - photo by ROKMA

"People should go to work", "We need more prosperity again"

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