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Re-Polling Ordered at Six Polling Stations in Thailand

BANGKOK – Voting will be repeated at six polling stations in Thailand because the number of ballots counted did not match the number of voters, the Election Commission said on Thursday.

The poll panel told reporters in the Thai capital that it has ordered re-polling at two voting centers in Lampang province and one polling station in each of Yasothorn, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok and Bangkok provinces.

The date for the new elections will be announced in the second half of April, the commission said.

It also announced that votes will be recounted at two polling stations in Khon Kaen province due to a mismatch in the number of votes cast and the number of ballots used to vote.

The decisions were announced 11 days after Thailand held general election on March 24, its first since the 2014 coup.

But the commission has said it would not be able to declare final results until May 9, days after the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn that is scheduled between May 4-6.

The electoral body has been heavily criticized for delaying the publication of the results.

It has delayed several times the full announcement of preliminary results that has prompted tens of thousands of people to call for the resignation of the members of the electoral body.

On Tuesday, the secretary-general of the commission, Jarungvith Phumma, admitted that the panel was still studying the formula to be used to assign 150 of the 500 seats of parliament, which are allocated based on a complex party-list formula and are intended to favor the smaller parties.

According to the calculations done so far, the pro-military Palang Pracharat Party, whose prime ministerial candidate is junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the coup five years ago, looks to have got the highest number of votes.

But the anti-junta Puea Thai party – whose government was ousted in 2014 – looks to have obtained the highest number of seats.

The newly-formed political party Anakot Mai (Future Forward) looks to have secured the third highest vote in the general elections.

The Anakot Mai has decided to be part of a seven-party coalition with the alliance just managing to cross the half-way mark with 255 seats, which are enough to form a government in the parliament’s 500-member lower house.

 

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