Polling problems in 42 constituencies

Would-be voters struggled to get into polling stations in 42 constituencies in Bangkok and southern provinces targeted by anti-government protesters as nationwide polls opened at 8am Sunday.

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Despite this, Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said 333 out of 375 constituencies in other parts of the country were able to commence voting. 

Mr Puchong said most of the polling units that were unable to open were in the nine southern provinces. 

In Bangkok, protesters surrounded polling stations in Lak Si, Ratchathewi, Din Daeng, Bung Kum and Bang Kapi districts.

There have been no problems with voting in northern and northeastern provinces, he added.

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