Voting under way in Bangkok (pix)

Voters began casting ballots Sunday morning at 6,548 polling stations in 50 districts of Bangkok to elect a new city governor.

  • Published: 3/03/2013 at 09:17 AM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

Voting was peaceful with no incidents reported in the opening hours. Election campaigns in Thailand often are spirited, but actual voting, always held on Sunday, is generally peaceful.

Just in case, Ninnat Chalitanont, the city clerk, said earlier that closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) had been installed at all polling units to ensure a clean and fair election.

She called for the people to keep an eye on measures to secure ballot boxes. The vote count will begin after the closing of the ballot boxes at 3pm (0800 GMT Sunday) and the count at each polling unit is expected to be finished by 7pm, she said.

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Photos by Pattarachai Preechapanich, Chanat Katanyu and Kitja Aphichonrojarek

Unofficial results are expeccted to be announced at 10pm. News media will have the results before that, including this newspaper at its special election site.

About 15,000 metropolitan police were deployed at polling units to maintain law and order. The campaign for the election has seen no serious incidents of violence or disruption.

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