Voters flock to police as poll cancelledBy English News | 2 ก.พ. 2557 17:04 | 516 views | View Comment
Bangkok, Feb 2 - More than 1,000 frustrated voters have notified the police for not being able to cast their ballots, as polling was canceled in many areas.
Residents of Bangkapi district in Bangkok on Sunday headed to Hua Mak Police Stations to notify police following concerns about losing voting rights due to poll cancellation. The Election Commission (EC) failed to find alternative venues to run the election after some business operators refused to offer space for voting.
However, 126 out of 164 polling units in Bangkapi district were able to open for voting, with 38 polling stations closed.
Police said those who failed to cast their ballots can report to the police up to seven days after the Election Day, and they expected to register at least 1,500 more complaints.
EC’s Deputy Secretary-General, Tanith Sriprateth earlier reported that 488 polling units in five districts of Bangkok namely Bangkapi, Ratchathewi, Din Daeng, Lak Si and Beung Kum were unable to open polling booths today due to disruptions by anti-government protesters.
Elections could not be held in 9 southern provinces namely Trang, Songkhla, Patthalung, Chumphon, Ranong, Surat Thani, Phang Nga, Phuket and Krabi. Polling was later cancelled in Prachuab Kiri Khan Province as well.
There were no reported disruptions at polling stations in the 20 provinces of Northeast and the 16 provinces of the North.
Meanwhile, for citizens voting from 67 countries worldwide, only 27 per cent or 38,350 out of 143,807 registered voters, exercised their rights. (MCOT online news)