Overseas balloting begins for Feb 2 snap poll


BANGKOK, Jan 14 – Eligible Thai voters in 21 countries began casting their ballots for the Feb 2 general election, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee said overseas voting in 67 countries began yesterday and continues through Jan 26 with a total of 146,000 voters registered to exercise their franchise.

Voters started to mail their ballots to their embassies including in Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, France, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, US, Canada, Argentina and Peru.

Mr Sek said civil servants in the Foreign Ministry have moved from Sri Ayutthaya Road to a temporary office, awaiting an assessment of the situation before returning to the ministry.

He said the Consular Affairs Department on Chaeng Wattana Road was sealed off by protesters, but people could apply for passports at Pinklao and Bang-na branch offices.