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.

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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Discussion 1 : 02/02/2014 at 02:15 PM
Prime Minister Yingluck - now will you please arrest these criminals and return Bangkok to the people? Your country is dying right in front of you. Your restraint has been well noted, around the world, but now is the time to end this lawless mob.
Discussion 2 : 02/02/2014 at 12:59 PM
Totally disgusting behaviour to prevent people from exercising their basic democratic and human right to vote,to stand at a polling station with a sign asking people not to vote is fine but to physically prevent,restrain or intimidate a voter is totally undemocratic and abhorrent.
Discussion 3 : 02/02/2014 at 12:35 PM
5 districts in a total of 50 at noon in Bangkok where elections are disturbed by the anti governmental protestors. Where does start the "picnic" of Suthep with millions of people and cars in the street ? Answer, like the multiples "D day" and others "general strikes" if not "Bangkok shutdown" : never.

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