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Overall Situation of the 2 February General Election

February 4, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

1433115524pThe Election Commission of Thailand has announced that 89.2 percent of the polling stations throughout the country were able to conduct the general election on 2 February 2014. 
Out of Thailand’s 77 provinces, nine provinces were unable to conduct polling and nine others were able to do so in some districts.

The Election Commission explained that because of an inability to register election candidates and to conduct election in many constituencies, by law the results of the 2 February’s vote count would not be officially announced immediately.

The announcement would be made when the election results from all constituencies had been counted, including a new round of advance voting on 23 February 2014.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Department of Special Investigation, Mr. Tarit Pengdith, said that 68 provinces and 89.1 percent of constituencies successfully cast their ballots in the February 2 general election.

He said that there were several reports of officials at several polling stations attempting to void conducting the elections, some of whom submitted last-minute resignations. The Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) has requested police officials to investigate and take appropriate legal action.

Regarding a shoot-out at Lak Si intersection in Bangkok on 1 February, when six people were injured, the police have been collecting evidence and working toward a request for court approval for arrest warrants against the armed men involved in the shooting.

He stressed the need to continue to apply the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations, for public peace and security because of the ongoing situation in Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces.

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