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Thai Anti-Junta Party Asks Election Commission to Clarify Irregularities

BANGKOK – Thailand’s opposition Anakot Mai (“Future Forward”) party asked the Election Commission on Tuesday to make public the data from the March 24 general election amid complaints of irregularities.

The party, which according to results released so far sits third in the number of both votes and seats, expressed “concerns” over problems detected at “many polling stations across the country.”

“The election process, which falls under (the EC’s) responsibility, appears to be questionable in terms of honesty and fairness,” Anakot Mai said in a letter to the commission.

The party said there were cases of “not having the votes counted in public at the polling station, the delay of vote count, the result report in which the updated information has shown that some parties’ votes suspiciously fell behind, and the votes not being in accordance with the number of people who cast their votes in each polling station.”

The party asked that the results of the vote count in every polling station in the country, the number of eligible voters, those who cast their votes, as well as the number of ballots the commission sent to each polling station be disclosed.

The EC postponed the release of preliminary results on the night of the election amid allegations of irregularities and blamed the media for causing “confusion.”

On Monday, the commission released unofficial results of 350 constituency seats without confirming the number of votes per party, which are necessary to determine the allocation of the remaining 150 seats.

According to the results published so far, the pro-military Phalang Pracharat Party, whose prime ministerial candidate is junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, is the party with the most votes – around 7.9 million – followed by anti-junta parties Pheu Thai with 7.4 million and Anakot Mai with 5.8 million.

However, Pheu Thai Party looks to have obtained the highest number of seats with 137, followed by Phalang Pracharat with 118 and Anakot Mai with 87, according to local media reports based on information published by the EC.

The EC is planning to announce new data in the coming days, but has until May 9 to release the official results.

 

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