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Situation remains tense in some southern provinces

Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong

Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong

Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong revealed that the registrations of constituency-based candidates proceeded smoothly at 71 provinces.

He made the announcement as the first day of the registrations of constituency-based candidates ended. The registrations last five days, until January 1.

"In 77 provinces, there are problems only in six provinces in the South. Some southern provinces could proceed with the registrations," he said.

In Surat Thani, where the registrations are not yet totally called off, protesters have cut off the power and water supply to the registration venue.

The six southern provinces are Phuket, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Chumphon and Trang.

Earlier today, he revealed that in the North, candidates for 10 constituencies in Chiang Mai have been registered.

In the Northeast, Nong Khai witnessed the registrations of candidates in all constituencies.

In the South, some candidates showed up in Pattani, Satun, Phang Nga, Ranong and Prachuap Khiri Khan. No candidate showed up in Phuket, where some 200 protesters brought a wreath to election officials. No candidate showed up in Yala.

The situation was tense in Songkhla, as officials could not get into the registration venue. They are convening to see if the registrations could resume.




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