16,097 cast advance voting ballots in Bangkok's Constituency 6

16:46, July 19, 2010      

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The turnout of advance voting ballots for a by-election in Bangkok's Constituency 6 on Saturday and Sunday was 16,097 people, Klong Samwa district Director, Narathip Patarawimol said on Monday.

The 16,097 voters' turnout was equivalent to 4.16 percent of the total 386,660 eligible voters, the National News Bureau of Thailand quoted Narathip as saying.

The voter turnout was higher than that of the previous by- election in December, 2007, which accounted for 3 percent of the total eligible voters, Narathip said.

Election Commissioner Prapan Naikowit said he was satisfied with the advance balloting and no polling complaints had been reported to the country's Election Commission (EC), the Bangkok Post's website reported.

"The commission has found no irregularity yet, and will still encourage people to cast their votes on July 25, even though they could have personal interests to attend to during the long holiday, " Prapan said.

On June 15, the weekly cabinet meeting approved the July 25 by- election date for Bangkok Constituency 6 as per a proposal of the EC.

The by-election is planned to fill the vacant House seat left by ruling Democrat Party MP Tiva Ngernyuang, who passed away recently.

It is expected that not less than 71 percent of the total eligible voters will exercise their right on July 25, the Klongsamwa district director said.

The Bangkok Constituency 6 covers three districts of capital Bnagkok including Nong Chok, Khlong Samwa, and Bueng Kum district.

The Democrat Party is the country's leading ruling party, which is led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Source: Xinhua


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