Thai protesters force closure of 19 polling stations
BANGKOK (AFP) - Anti-government protesters forced the closure of 19 out of 50 polling stations in Bangkok on Sunday after besieging buildings and blocking officials from entering to hold advance voting, Thailand's Election Commission said.
"Nineteen poll stations reported closed out of 50 in Bangkok," Mr Puchong Nutrawong secretary general of the Election Commission told AFP.
"Election officials at the poll stations could not go inside because of the protesters," he said, adding it was unclear how they will tally those advance votes not yet cast ahead of the scheduled election next Sunday.
Over two million people are registered for the advance vote ahead of the Feb 2 election, which was called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in an attempt to defuse rising political tensions after weeks of mass anti-government protests.