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Thailand elections: Polling chiefs try to work out how to fix disrupted vote

Published on Feb 6, 2014 1:24 PM
Anti-government protesters dancing for the last time on a stage which is being dismantled, as others move from one protest camp to another in Bangkok on February 3, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai election officials met on Thursday to try to shore up a disputed weekend ballot that was disrupted by anti-government protesters who blockaded the streets of the capital, stopping some people from voting or candidates from registering.

Sunday's polls has been challenged by the main opposition Democrat Party, which boycotted voting, and the Election Commission is already investigating possible campaigning irregularities in a long-running political conflict that shows no sign of ending.

The election would likely return caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to power if it is not annulled but, whatever the result, it will not change the dysfunctional status quo after eight years of polarisation and turmoil.

Consumer confidence, which reflects views on the economy, job opportunities and future income, hit a 26-month low in January, data released on Thursday showed.

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