Registration of constituency candidates begins in Thailand

15:25, May 24, 2011      

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Thailand's constituency-based MP candidate registration began Tuesday morning after registration of party-list candidates ended Monday and will continue through May 28.

Single-seat constituency registration for 375 seats in the House was held in the Thai-Japan Youth Centre's Din Daeng compound, the same venue as the earlier party-list candidates registration.

Bangkok has 33 constituencies.

The first party arriving at the center was the ruling Democrat Party, led by party Secretary-General Suthep Thaugsuban, later joined by party leader and caretaker PM Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Meanwhile, the opposition Pheu Thai Party's number one party-list candidate Yingluck Shinawatra came to show support for her party's candidates in Bangkok.

Other parties also led their candidates to register.

In other provinces, candidates are registering at venues designated by the Election Commission (EC), but mainly at the provincial city hall.

Constituency candidates are not required to draw lots for their numbers on the ballots, they are using the numbers each party already drew during party-list registration.

The EC said there were 40 parties with 1,410 registered party-list candidates.

There are 125 party-list MP seats in Parliament. The popular votes a party receives in the general election set for July 3 will be calculated into the number of party-list MP seats it wins in the election.

Source: Xinhua
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