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11 January 2009 :: 13:01:09 pm 39518

National By-Election, Bangkok Governorship Election Booths Open; No Irregularities Found

BANGKOK, Jan 11 -- Eligible Thai voters went to cast their ballots early Sunday in by-elections in 22 provinces nationwide and for the governorship of Bangkok.
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After presiding over the opening of the centre on reporting by-elections and the Bangkok’s governorship election results centre, Election Commission (EC) chairman Apichart Sukhagganond said the EC was ready for eligible voters to cast votes at booths which opened at 8am.

Twenty-nine lawmakers will be elected Sunday following the December court ruling that dissolved two political parties including the then ruling People Power Party (PPP) on charges of electoral fraud in the general election held in December 2007. Of the 29 seats, 13 earlier belonged to the PPP earlier and the remaining 16 seats were held by its allies in the Chart Thai Party.

According to Mr. Apichart, the by-elections are being held in 26 constituencies of 22 provinces, including one in Bangkok, while there are 15,967 polling booths. Some 8.17 million people are eligible to cast votes to elect 29 members of the House of Representatives.

There are 6,337 election booths in Bangkok Metropolis in which about 4.15 million Bangkokians could cast vote to elect Bangkok governor. Election booths were opened at 8am and will close at 3pm Sunday.

Mr. Apichart said he expected more than 54 per cent of eligible voters in Bangkok would exercise their civil right to vote in the election.

Bangkok’s gubernatorial election is being held after then governor Apirak Kosayodhin, just re-elected for a second term in October, resigned from his post as he was allegedly implicated in procurement of fire emergency vehicles and boats worth more than Bt6.8 billion in 2003.

Although no violence had been reported so far, Mr. Apichart said the EC was worried about the by-election being held in the troubled southern province of Narathiwat which has experienced continued insurgency-related violence recently. He said it is the duty of the police to reinforce and provide security to voters in Narathiwat.(TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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