Thai anti-government protestors rally in front of advance polling stations in Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 26, 2014. Advance voting in at least 16 constituencies in Thai capital Bangkok have been cancelled due to disruption by anti-government protestors, the Nation newspaper reported Sunday. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)
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BANGKOK, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's anti-government protesters on Sunday disrupted the advance voting for the Feb. 2 election in the capital Bangkok and several southern provinces.
Because of protesters who have blocked polling stations since the wee hours of Sunday, only seven out of 50 polling stations in Bangkok remained open as of 11 a.m. local time, the Nation newspaper reported.
It is also reported that in 15 southern provinces, most people have been unable to cast a vote while voting in four other southern provinces, including Yala, Narathiwat, Pattani and Satu, have largely been left undisturbed.
Meanwhile, the advance voting in north, northeast and central Thailand have been going smoothly, Election Commission (EC) secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong was quoted as saying.
Those who have registered for advance voting but failed to do so on Sunday can cast their votes on Feb.2, director of Bangkok's election commission Veera Yeephare said.
The EC and caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra are expected to negotiate on the postponement of the Feb.2 election later on Tuesday.
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