14,000 absentee voters out of 900,000 able to cast early vote

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BANGKOK, 26 January 2014  Only 14,000 voters out of the 900,000 registered for the advance polling have been able to vote, said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration ( BMA).

According to BMA Deputy Permanent Secretary, Mr. Banchong Sukdi, up to 50 polling stations in Bangkok were closed by People’s Democratic Reform Committee protesters, forcing the EC personnel to call off the voting earlier than scheduled. Only the Sathon and Lat Krabang district poll stations were able to conduct the advanced voting.

Only 2,170 out of the 17,574 registered voters were able to cast their ballots in Sathon, and 60 out of 95 were able to vote in Lat Krabang, Mr. Banchong said.

The Administration and Registration Office of the BMA has concluded that only 564 in-district voters were able to cast their votes out of a total of 5,440 registered voters; 13,893 out-of-district voters were able to cast their votes out of a total of 958,749 registered voters.