BANGKOK, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's anti-government protesters on Sunday prevented 89 constituencies out of the total 375 nationwide from going through with the advance voting for the Feb. 2 election.
As a result, 440,000 people, or 22 percent of the 2 million who had registered to vote in advance, failed to cast their votes, Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn was quoted by Bangkok Post as saying.
Of the 89 constituencies, 33 were in the capital Bangkok and 56 in southern provinces, according to Somchai.
Somchai said members of the Election Commission (EC) were worried that Feb. 2 would see violence and chaos that might cause injury and death, just as what happened on Sunday.
Clashes occurred between protesters and pro-government supporters, resulting in the death of Suthin Tharathin, a core protest leader, and nine other injuries.
It remains to be seen whether or not the government headed by caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will agree to defer the Feb. 2 election as suggested by the EC and already endorsed by the Constitutional Court.
The EC and Yingluck are expected to negotiate on the postponement later on Tuesday.
The caretaker government will not postpone the election, deputy prime minister and foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Sunday.
Yingluck and her cabinet will face impeachment if they insist on pushing ahead with the Feb. 2 election regardless of the Constitution Court's ruling, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Sunday.
Thai core protest leader shot dead
BANGKOK, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Suthin Tharathin, a core leader of Thailand's anti-government protest, was shot dead on Sunday in Bang Na area in the capital Bangkok, Bangkok Post reported.
Suthin was shot in a clash with pro-government supporters while leading a rally at a polling station set up in the area for the advance voting that proceeded nationwide on Sunday for the Feb. 2 election. Full story
Advance voting called off in Bangkok, S. Thailand due to anti-gov't protest
BANGKOK, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Sunday's advance voting for the Feb. 2 election in Bangkok and southern Thailand was called off in the face of the prolonged anti-government protest.
Election officials were forced to call off the advance voting in all 50 districts of the capital as well as most southern constituencies as hordes of protesters gathered to deny entries to the advance polling units. Full story
Thai caretaker PM urges military personnel to check voting rights
BANGKOK, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday during a meeting of Defense Council asked the top military brass to instruct military personnel to check their voting rights ahead of the upcoming Feb. 2 election.
The meeting was moved from defense ministry to Royal Thai Air Force headquarters to avoid protesters, reported the Nation newspaper. Full story
Thai advance voting disrupted by protesters
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. Full story