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367 candidates registered on first day

Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong

Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong

The registrations of constituency-based candidates ended the first day with the number of 367 candidates registered, according to the Election Commission.

On the first day, the registrations of constituency-based candidates welcomed 367 candidates nationwide: 62 in the North, 165 in the Central region, 129 in the Northeast and 11 in the South (1 each from Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phang Nga, 2 from Ranong, 3 from Pattani, and 4 from Satun). In Bangkok which has 33 constituencies, 67 candidates were registered yesterday, including 33 from Pheu Thai.

The registrations were called off today in 7 southern provinces. They are Phuket, Chumphon, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla and Krabi. There are 32 constituencies in the provinces, out of total 56 in the 15 southern provinces.

Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said the 32 constituencies represent 8.50 per cent of all 375 constituencies nationwide. He added that the provincial election officials in the provinces must proceed with the registrations by law.

"There’s been no clash. Mostly, it’s just a symbolic protest."

He said if the registrations in the seven provinces cannot resume in the next four days, the EC would notify the Cabinet which must decide on what to be done if elections can not be held in the constituencies.

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