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Yesterday voting was conducted in 89% of the country’s 375 constituencies yesterday, however despite the government’s claim of a victory, due to boycotts and low voter turnout, the election could be declared void.
There were high number of “no votes” in many provinces, with many choosing the “none of the above options on their ballot paper and there was an unusually low turnout even in areas in the North and Northeast where the ruling party historically has enjoyed popularity.
Mr. Kanin Boonsuwan, a member of the Pheu Thai party’s election committee said on Sunday that the five hundred seat House of Representatives must be at least 95% filled up and the Election Commission was urged to stage fresh elections within 30 days in constituencies where election could not be held.
After yesterday’s vote, Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she was satisfied the election could be completed without violence and thanked voters for helping to maintain democracy.
Leader of the ongoing anti-government protest, Suthep Thaugsuban, said that it was the first time so many eligible voters boycotted an election. Last night at round 9-30pm he posted to his FB page “We must continue our shutdown of the illegitimate government and the Thaksin regime. Civil servants, please join us soon so we can finish this. We must cut off the arms and legs of the Thaksin regime, and in particular must ensure it cannot guzzle sate funds” shortly afterwards he posted “I saw a procession of farmers yesterday holding up the sign “Please help us, long Kamnan” I would very much like to visit the farmers but I know that the sham government and their preferred media outlets will accuse me of politicizing the farmers plight. Their fight is already just- they are demanding that they be paid what was promised them. But do not worry, we vow to help you as soon we prevail.
The People’s Democratic Reform Committee march again today from Latphrao to Saphan Kwai (along Phahonyothin Road) to Victory Monument to Pathumway then Ratchaprasong and onto Lumpini.