Thai voters to take money offered by election candidates: poll

08:47, January 17, 2011      

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About half of Thai voters have said they would accept money offered by election candidates to buy their votes, according to a poll reported in an English-language news website on Sunday.

Some 53.2 percent of the respondents said they would accept such money, 40.2 percent said they would not take it, while 6.6 percent were non-committal, according to the poll conducted by the private Assumption University and published by Bangkok Post online.

The survey was carried out on Jan. 8-15 on 2,604 eligible voters in 18 provinces, including Bangkok, in different parts of the country.

Of those who said they would take the money, two out of three, or 69.6 percent, were in the northeast, the country's most impoverished region, followed by those in Bangkok, according to the poll.

Four out of five, or 79.5 percent, of the respondents admitted vote-buying took place in their communities, while 20.5 percent said otherwise.

Asked about their political standpoint, almost two-thirds, or 61.1 percent, of the respondents said they would rather be a silent force without taking any clear position, 27.2 percent said they supported the current government while 11.7 percent did not support the government.

A general election is widely expected this year after the pending constitutional amendments are completed. The parliament will reconvene on Jan. 21, after a two-month recess, with the amendments as one of its top priority agenda.

Source: Xinhua

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