At least advance voting in 35 polling stations revoked
January 26, 2014 00:00
Advance voting of February 2 snap election in Bangkok opened Sunday with chaos as anti-government protesters blocked the venues, resulting in cancellations of the voting in many areas.
However, the voting in other provinces can be proceeded as scheduled.
As of 10am, at least the advance voting in 35 of 50 polling stations in Bangkok were cancelled. They included those in Bang Bon, Pathum Wan, Bang Kapi, Klong Toey, Don Mueng, Dusit, Thung Kru, Bang Kho Laem, Min Buri, Thawee Wattana, Lak Si, Bang Sue, Rat Burana, Ratchathewi, Bang Khen and Chatuchak.
Election Commission secretary general Puchong Nutrawong meanwhile said that the advance voting the north, the northeast and the central started and continued without problems while those in Bangkok and the south were blocked.
The protesters arrived at many polling stations hours before the stations were opened for voting at 8.30am. Some were seen arriving as early as 5am.
Veera Yeephare, director of Bangkok's Election Commission, said voters, who registered to vote in advance and cannot vote today can cast their ballots on February 2.