Advance Senate elections go smoothly

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NONTHABURI, March 23 – The advance voting of the Senate election nationwide today has run smoothly so far, with no reports of any irregularities and without any obstruction from the anti-government protesters, according to Election Commission (EC) chairman Supachai Somcharoen.

Mr Supachai who inspected the early progress at the election centre in Nonthaburi said that the overall advance voting today has run smoothly, no report of irregularity and nothing to worry except the weather of cloudy, rainy skies.

However, he believed that the 2,100,000 people who registered for early voting were expected to show up for voting and expressed confidence that 70 per cent of eligible voters would exercise their right to vote.

He has also called on the voters to cast their votes on the election day next Sunday.

The poll stations opened at 8am and would close at 3pm.

The election was aimed to fill the seats of elected senators, whose six-year term expired on March 2.

The Senate comprises 150 seats, with a senator elected from each of 77 provinces including Bangkok, along with 73 appointed senators.

There are 457 candidates competing in this year’s election.