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Northern Thailand has Highest Turnout Rate of Advance Voting

A total of 55,243 voters have registered to vote in advance of February 2 election.

A total of 55,243 voters have registered to vote in advance of February 2 election.

CHIANG RAI –  According to the Election Commission, 68.96 percent of advance voters or 38,093 voters have exercised their voting rights with the northern region having scored the highest turnout rate of 81.18 percent. A total of 55,243 voters have registered to vote in advance of February 2 election.

There were altogether 548 central polling units across the nation and, of these, 437 were open to polling while the rest were shut down by protesters. In addition, there were 152 secondary polling units and, of these, 88 were open and the rest closed down by protesters.

Mr Puchong Nuttrawong, election commissioner in charge of elections, said Monday that the Election Commission’s legal team was due to meet this evening to discuss the possibility of rescheduling the election date before the EC would meet with caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra tomorrow.

He maintained that if there is no change on the election date, the EC would go ahead with staging the election on schedule. In areas where troubles are expected, he said soldiers would be asked to become election officials.

He pointed out that the EC was still running short of some 50,000 election officials in the South and of the 100,000 officials already recruited it was uncertain whether any of them would pull out. – Thai PBS

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