Advanced voting registration closes with over 2 million people registered

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Bangkok, 20 February2019  – Registration for advanced voting in the upcoming general election has concluded with over 2 million people registered across the country and over 100,000 Thais abroad.

Bangkok Governor Pol Gen AssawinKwanmuang said that, now that registration is over, the Permanent Secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will begin the process of inspecting various districts and preparing their voting locations. Bangkok had the most advanced voting registrations.

The governor expects the process to go smoothly and urged all district heads, as well as Election Commission (EC) agents to maintain order, including cleanliness of voting booths. He reminded all officials to remain neutral throughout the process.

The EC, meanwhile, has announced it qualified 10,792 constituency Member of Parliament (MP) candidates from 81 parties registered between February 4 and 8. The names are being posted according to constituency across all 350 voting districts. A total 389 potential runners from 55 parties were disqualified in this round.

The commission also announced it had qualified 2,810 out of 2,917 party list MP candidates, not approving 107 who now have seven days to appeal their rejection with the Supreme Court. The initial announcement was made on February 15, giving the runners only until February 22 to submit their requests for revision.

The Supreme Court’s election cases division received 184 complaints of electoral impropriety between February 16 and 19. The cases will be considered and may affect MP candidates.