440,000 cannot advance vote

A total of 440,000 people nationwide could not cast their advance votes on Sunday as a total of 89 constituencies out of 375 have been closed according to the Election Commission (EC).

Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said after the end of advance voting Sunday afternoon that 33 constituencies were in Bangkok and 56 in the South. As a result, a total of 440,000 people, or 22% of two million registered people could not cast their votes.

He said people who registered to vote in advance in their own provinces would not be as badly affected as they could still cast a ballot in their own constituencies on Feb 2. However, the EC will consider the legal issue as to whether a new advance poll date can be held for people registered in different provinces.

“Today shows that the Feb 2 election will have similar problems as we are worried about the violence and the chaos that may result in death and injury as happened today at Wat Sri Iam in Bang Na,” he said. 

“We will consider with the government on Jan 28 whether to go ahead with the Feb 2 election,” Mr Somchai said.

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