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Thai election suspended in some areas

English.news.cn   2014-02-02 10:36:29

BANGKOK, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- General election on Sunday in some areas of Thailand has been suspended due to ballots and polling staff shortage.

Chokchai Pholwatana, election chief of Songkhla said Sunday morning that the voting in all eight constituencies in the province was canceled because of ballot shortage, reported the Nation newspaper.

The province was supposed to hold only party-list voting because the province has no constituency candidates.

Anti-government protesters on Saturday blocked some post offices in capital Bangkok and several southern provinces from delivering ballots.

Earlier, the Election Commission decided on Saturday night to cancel voting at all 158 polling stations at the Lak Si district in capital Bangkok following clashes between pro-government "Red Shirts" and protesters, which left at least eight people injured.

Meanwhile, two out of three polling stations at Wat Thad Thong in Bangkok were ordered closed by the district office chief as the two stations had no polling staff.

Thailand's general election kicked off at 8 a.m. local time Sunday, amid concerns of possible violence and bloodshed due to disruption from anti-government protesters.

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