Thai polling end, ballot counting begins

Bangkok, Feb 2: Voting in Thailand’s general elections ended at 3 p.m. Sunday and ballot counting has begun.

The results will not be announced Sunday. The vote count will be sent to the Election Commission and rsults will be released after the by-elections for advance voting and blocked polling stations.

The elections were boycotted by the opposition and disrupted by protestors seeking to prevent the re-election of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Around 12 million out of a total of 48.77 million eligible voters in Thailand failed to exercise their voting rights during Sunday’s elections, The Nation reported.

These voters were registered with 53 constituencies, where polling stations were closed due to disruption by anti-government protestors, along with 28 constituencies that lack candidates.

The by-elections are scheduled to be held Feb 23.

IANS