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The Election Commission (EC) voted yesterday to clear Yaowapa Wongsawat, elder sister of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, of violating the poll law in a by-election in Chiang Mai province last year. 

EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said commissioners decided with a majority vote to dismiss the accusation by Democrat contender Kingkan Na Chiang Mai that Mrs Yaowapa had arranged for vehicles to transport voters to advance voting in San Kamphaeng and Doi Saket districts on April 12, 2013.

The EC examined evidence and viewed video recordings of 20 vehicles but did not find any connection between their owners and Mrs Yaowapa. Nor did it find any evidence to prove the vehicles were used to transport voters and persuade them to vote for Mrs Yaowapa.

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