BANGKOK, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Updated tallying results
have shown a slight majority of voters across Thailand approved the new
constitution draft in Thailand's first-ever national referendum held on Sunday,
with a voter turnout of over 50 percent.
Over 23 million votes have been counted, out of the
total of less than 46 million eligible voters nationwide, according to the
updated tallying results released by media by 10 p.m. local time (1500 GMT), six
hours after the polling officially closed at 4 p.m. local time (0900 GMT)
Among the counted valid votes, or about 57 percent,
have voted "Yes" to the new charter.
The referendum was kicked off at 8 a.m. local time
(01OO GMT) Sunday at 88,000 polling stations throughout Thailand. The official
outcome is expected to be released on Monday afternoon.
If the victory is confirmed by the official
announcement, the military-backed charter would become the 18th constitution
Thailand has ever had since the kingdom established a constitutional monarchy in
The National Legislative Assembly will submit the
charter for Royal endorsement. It will take effect after it is signed by the
King Bhumibol Aduyaldej.