EC: Thaksin can vote

The Election Commission explained on Sunday that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was eligible to vote for a new Bangkok governor.

The name of the self-exiled prime minister appeared on the list at the polling station at Pimolwit School in Bang Phlat district in addition to his children, Panthongtae, Pinthongta and Paethongtarn. Their home is in the district.

Commissioner Praphan Naigowit said Thaksin could exercise his vote this time after ending a five-year political ban for general election fraud in May last year that was imposed on him as leader of the defunct Thai Rak Thai Party.

His son, Panthongtae, told reporters after casting his ballot that his father did not talk to him about the gubernatorial poll and urged voters to come out to select the governor.

Thaksin spends most of his time in Dubai after jumping bail when the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Postions handed him two years in jail for abuse of power in the Ratchadaphisek land deal scandal in 2008.

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