EC: Unofficial voter turnout 45.8%

The unofficial turnout of eligible, registered voters in areas where ballots were cast in the Feb 2 election was 45.8%, Election Commission secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said on Monday.

Mr Puchong said according to unofficial reports on the Feb 2 election, of the total of 44,649,742 eligible voters, 20,468,646 or 45.84% turned out to cast their ballots.

The figures did not include eligible voters of nine provinces where voting was cancelled - Songkhla, Trang, Phatthalung, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ranong, Krabi, Chumphon and Phangnga.

The province with the highest turnout was Lamphun with 241,209 (72.80%), followed by Nong Bua Lamphu with a turnout of 277,018 (72.50%) and Bung Kan with 213,627 (70%.).

Asked about election management commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn's offer to accept responsibility for not being able to hold voting at more than 10,000 polling units, and to accept transfer to another position, he said  the EC chairman and all other EC members unanimously concluded that Mr Somchai had acted responsibly and effectively performed his duty in a difficult situation.

He was asked to continue to be in charge of election management, Mr Puchong said.

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Discussion 1 : 03/02/2014 at 11:22 PM
i saw in nation channel they show's result actual is just about 25% people get out for vote only .... i want to reconfirm if any of you know about that...
Discussion 2 : 03/02/2014 at 08:54 PM
It is funny to see those who decided to have no candidate, to do not vote and to prevent the other people to vote, to explain here that they win the election!
Discussion 3 : 03/02/2014 at 08:42 PM
Do you think if PT had known that they would get such low turnout that they would have gone ahead with the election? I do not. I think they were expecting a high turn out to in order to rebuff the PDRC. They have not got that especially in Bangkok (26% I understand). As another article shows the turnout dropped significantly even in their heart lands of the north and north east. There is a message there for PT and PM Yingluck if they choose to listen - it is not 'carry on with business as usual same as the last 2 years or so and pretend nothing has changed'
Discussion 4 : 03/02/2014 at 08:22 PM
I wonder if some high ranking government officials became rice farmers in the past few years ?? lol
Discussion 5 : 03/02/2014 at 07:58 PM
Maybe the Shin clan didn't pay enough, or the people start to think ...
Discussion 6 : 03/02/2014 at 07:48 PM
Isn't that funny to see all those people who are claiming to know what Thai people want but avoid election at any cost in order to install a not elected structure to govern ? To pretend speaking in the name of people who doesn't vote is only speculation and has absolutely no validity. Especially in the current context of an election with no stakes and intimidations against voters. You are the majority ? No problem, prove it, get a people's mandate and put in place the "peoples's council" to wipe out "thaksinism" .
Discussion 7 : 03/02/2014 at 07:34 PM
Don't celebrate too early... probably most of the people that went to vote voted for the government, the rest voted no or simply is sick and tired of voting. There is a sign of resignation throughout the people because democracy fails over and over. Hooligans dictate the political scene and there is no sign of improvement, adding to this that many people were scared off and prevented of voting. Actually it's a sad result. Very sad is that while ones are cheering the chaos they actually forget that they are a part of the society. Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. We're all victims of ambitions that don't serve our wellbeing
Discussion 8 : 03/02/2014 at 07:33 PM
Please give us the split of these 45 % …And prove to the whole world the disaster for Dubai and his cronies and his fraudulent, incompetent ex government
Discussion 9 : 03/02/2014 at 07:31 PM
Yes. About 20 percent. Time to go.
Discussion 10 : 03/02/2014 at 07:28 PM
A party with about 20 percent votes or 10 million of 48 million electorate has no right to continue as a caretaker government. They must resign immediately. If the figures are true. I hope, that foreign media and governments can understand now, what the Thai people are fighting for.
Discussion 11 : 03/02/2014 at 06:59 PM
If only 45.8% voted, a percentage of that would be No Votes and other Parties so the number that actually voted for the PT party could be far lower, this could turn out to be a disaster for the government and just the good news we wanted to hear. They are finished soon, keep up the good work opposition, and good luck!!
Discussion 12 : 03/02/2014 at 06:45 PM
Is all I read in the BP posts were everyone wants to votes some people were saying 80% would vote so what happened ?
Discussion 13 : 03/02/2014 at 06:11 PM
Finally someone who is speaking sense. Responsibility for wasting 3.8b baht lies with the government alone. It was months ago that candidate registration failed to enrol enough candidates and that was known well in advance by the government. It was well known the election wouldn't be completed in one day and now the constitutional court will veto it. What a waste... just small amount compared to billions baht wasted rice scheme.
Discussion 14 : 03/02/2014 at 05:55 PM
What's a waste of country's precious resources and time, and for what? More of the same disastrous economic policy, one after another, and more gigantic debt?
Discussion 15 : 03/02/2014 at 05:48 PM
It seems to be a PTP trait.
Discussion 16 : 03/02/2014 at 05:32 PM
And PT will claim that election were a success? With les yhan 50% voting! Now the interesting part will be to know the number of "No vote"
Discussion 17 : 03/02/2014 at 05:22 PM
No brainer just blame others for failed election and lack of voters.
Discussion 18 : 03/02/2014 at 05:16 PM
From 20.5 Million people ( 46 % ) , only max. 48.4 % ( like 2011 ) may have voted for Pheu Thai = 9.9 Million . In 2011 it was 15.8 million people. That means, from a total of 48 million elegitable voters, only about 20 % voted for Pheu Thai Party. This is the maximum figure, it maybe even less. Everybody can see now, what the Thai people want.
Discussion 19 : 03/02/2014 at 05:07 PM
The 2011 turnout was 75.03%, if you want the last comparison
Discussion 20 : 03/02/2014 at 05:01 PM
If true this is a disaster for the caretaker government and PT/UDD. In 2011 the turnout was 75%. Even in the 2006 election which was boycotted by almost everyone except PT the turnout was 65%. How can the caretaker government claim any legitimacy? More important the legitimacy of any actions under the SoE must be very debatable. We will not know for a while how many vote noes happened or indeed invalid votes but if 2006 is anything to go by they will be higher - may explain why the government is so quiet today and why you see the PDRC packing up stages etc - we are in a new phase
Discussion 21 : 03/02/2014 at 04:42 PM
It would be interesting to see facts of who voted for whom and the number of turnouts to vote from prior years to see the true effect. 45.8% while seeming extremely low must have a comparison in order to be truly meaningful. If the turnout in "red" dominated provinces is lower than in past years along with those who voted "no" then that would be a good indicator to the success or failure of PT's plan to target upcountry provinces through the rice scheme; and also potentially an opportune time for a moderate party (new party, new blood) to finally get Thailand back on the path towards prosperity and next year's AEC.
Discussion 22 : 03/02/2014 at 04:36 PM
People have the democratic right not to vote, especially when most people do not like the candidate. With 89% of the polling stations open, this figure won't change much when considering the few districts people couldn't vote at. Face it, the majority of the people do not want Yingluck, and the PTP.
Discussion 23 : 03/02/2014 at 04:01 PM
Somchai advised Yingluck time and again to call off the election. She refused and therefore she is responsible for the decision to go ahead,, not the EC.

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