Vote opens for new Bangkok city and district councils

15:17, August 29, 2010      

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Bangkok residents went to polling stations on Sunday morning to cast their ballots for Bangkok city and district councilors.

Eligible voters in all Bangkok's 50 districts will select 61 city councilors and those in 36 districts will elect 256 district councilors.

There are 189 candidates contesting city council election and 726 candidates standing for the district council election. The ruling Democrat Party, the opposition Puea Thai Party and the newly-established New Politics Party are the main players in the elections.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva showed up at the voting booth in Wattana district where his house is located, while the army chief General Anupong Paojinda cast his vote at Thaweewattana polling station.

Charoenrat Chutikarn, permanent secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, said that the rain might affect vote turnout but he expected it to exceed 50 percent.

He said unofficial result of district council election is expected at 6 pm while that of city council election will come at around 10 pm. However, the official outcome should be known by 2 pm on Monday.

Around 20,000 police were deployed at every polling station across Bangkok after the city was hit by another bomb blast Thursday night.

Voting stations open from 8 am to 3 pm on Sunday.

Source: Xinhua


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