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Thai protesters blockade ballot papers

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Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, left, receives donations from supporters during a rally in Bangkok on Friday. — AFP photoThai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, left, receives donations from supporters during a rally in Bangkok on Friday. — AFP photo

Thailand’s anti-government protesters are blockading buildings where ballot papers are being stored, two days before the general election, BBConline reported.
At least one office in Bangkok has been surrounded and several in southern Thailand in an attempt to prevent ballot papers being distributed.
The protesters oppose the poll, which is sure to be won by the ruling party.
They want the government replaced by an unelected ‘people’s council’ to reform the political system.
The prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, called the 2 February polls in response to the protests - but the opposition are boycotting them. Voting could well be disrupted and there are fears of violence.
Because of disruption to candidate registration, the elections will also not deliver enough MPs for a quorum in parliament, meaning that by-elections will be needed before a government can be approved, extending the instability.
Last week, there were chaotic scenes as protesters tried to stop advance voters from casting their ballots.
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister under a previous opposition-led government, said election day polling would not be blocked.




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