|Anti-government protesters block traffic near a polling station in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, Feb. 2, 2014. Around 12 million out of a total of 48.77 million eligible voters in Thailand failed to exercise their voting rights during Sunday's general election, which concluded at 3 p.m. local time, local media reported. (Xinhua/Gao Jianjun)
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BANGKOK, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Thailand went through with its general election in a surprisingly peaceful way Sunday, with no injuries reported throughout the kingdom, but polling results will not be announced anytime soon.
Sunday's voting lasted from 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. local time with a total of 93,952 polling stations set up in 375 constituencies nationwide for 48.77 million eligible voters.
Around 130,000 police officers, along with several thousand soldiers, have been deployed nationwide to maintain order at polling stations.
Several violent incidents on the eve of the election day left nine people wounded, and accordingly, fears of bloodshed run high ahead of Sunday's voting.
However, no major clashes between government supporters and protesters took place throughout the election day except that a gunshot was heard at the Din Daeng district in the capital. No injury has been reported so far.
Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she was satisfied to see the election proceed with no serious violence and expressed gratitude for the collaboration among all concerned parties.
Established political figures including Yingluck, Supreme Commander Thanasak Patimaprakorn and Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha cast ballots with no disruption from protesters.
But more than 10,000 polling stations at 69 constituencies in 18 provinces were forced to cancel voting due to protests or the lack of election officials and ballots, Election Commission (EC) Chairman Supachai Somcharoen said.
EC member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn failed to cast his vote as no election officials turned up at his polling station, which was later announced closed.
It is estimated that around 12 million eligible voters failed to cast ballots Sunday, for whom a by-election will be organized at a later date.
Election results will not be announced until the EC has counted ballots from all polling stations, advance voting and overseas voting, according to Supachai.