Low turnout for advance Senate voting
They were orderly and quiet but only a few people came out for the first of two days of advance voting for half of the Senate yesterday.
Published on February 24, 2008
Election officials supervised the polling stations smoothly without any incidents reported.
The only problem appeared to be low interest throughout the country.
Last week 74 appointed senators were approved by the Election Commission. The remaining 76 seats out of the total of 150 in the upper chamber will be filled by each province, including the capital, sending one representative.
The EC is still hoping that more ballots will be cast today and the total turnout will reach 60 per cent by the end of next Sunday, the official election day.
The EC reasoned that Saturday was still a working day for many people and employees would be free today.
EC chairman Apichart Sukhagganond observed the proceedings in Bang Phlat and Sathorn districts of Bangkok as well as in neighbouring Samut Prakan.
He also took the opportunity to vote in Bang Sue district, where he is registered.
His colleague Prapun Naigowit took care of his voting duty in Chatuchak district and visited stations in Bang Kapi district.
Commissioner Sodsri Satyathum went to observe the election in Ayutthaya.
The commissioners will visit other stations today.
Among the notables voting early were Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda and coup leader Sonthi Boonyaratglin.
They both refused to comment on the current political situation, however.