Kata Rocks

Phuket goes to the polls for national election

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana was the first to cast his vote at the polling station at the Phuket Municipality Meeting Hall on Narisorn Rd in Phuket Town this morning as polling stations opened across the island in the national election today (Mar 24).

Sunday 24 March 2019, 11:35AM

The polling station is one of 22 set up throughout the Talad Yai subdistrict of Phuket Town, which has the prestige of being the Electorate No 1 on the island, and home to 822 eligible voters.

Governor Phakaphong pointed out that 366 polling stations have been set up across Phuket for today’s election.

“All 366 Phuket polling stations are ready in all aspects. In order to support and facilitate the voters, the Election Commission has determined the number of voters in each unit averaging about 800 people per unit,” he said.

“The weather today is very good, the polling stations will not be hot and not crowded people exercise their right to vote in other areas,” he added.

“The atmosphere of the election so far has been conducive, there have been no reports of irregularities,” Gov Phakaphong added.

“As for preparations in island areas such as Koh Lone, Naka Island and Coconut Island, it has all been done well,” he said.

Laguna Golf Phuket

Nutthawat Wongitsaraphap, Director of the Phuket office of the Election Commission (PEC) noted that Phuket Provincial Police are co-ordinating with local police in each area to provide security and to facilitate traffic while people travel to the polling stations, which are open from 8am to 5pm.

However, he called on people to not leave casting their votes until the last minute.

“We would like to remind people to cast their votes from the morning to avoid crowds at 5pm and to stress that this election uses only one ballot – only one number has to be chosen,” he said.

“And do not take photographs of the ballot or damage the card or else it can be deemed a criminal offense,” he added.

“After the polls close at 5pm, the polling station officers will immediately count the votes in that polling station,” Mr Nutthawat explained.

“It is expected to take up to three hours to complete the count. People can follow the vote counting at district vote-counting centres set up each constituency (see story here) and the unofficial results of the count are expected at around 7pm,” he said.



Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
No animal cruelty at Phuket Zoo, say officials

Were there any blood tests done, a toxicology report should be available for all to see,a visual che...(Read More)

Fast & Furious 9 to take on Phuket roads

Sorry Mr. Kurt but i dont understand your problem because i have my own pump and dont have problems ...(Read More)

Fast & Furious 9 to take on Phuket roads

Sorry mr Wiesel. In Thailand is a lot of 'planning-talks' happening . After that it stops, i...(Read More)

No animal cruelty at Phuket Zoo, say officials

Herein lies the problem. The officials that do the inspections are either paid for their favorable r...(Read More)

Fast & Furious 9 to take on Phuket roads

As if there aren't enough fast and furious drivers already on the roads in Phuket, now to glorif...(Read More)

No animal cruelty at Phuket Zoo, say officials

For a country that finds no sign of prostitution in Pattaya, not finding cruelty at the zoo is hardl...(Read More)

No animal cruelty at Phuket Zoo, say officials

“No evidence of animal cruelty has been found.”. Just in the same way than Thai police can make...(Read More)

No animal cruelty at Phuket Zoo, say officials

This is similar to the police walking along Bangla Road recently and reporting that "nope...ain...(Read More)

No animal cruelty at Phuket Zoo, say officials

That concrete cell that the tiger is shown in should be considered as cruelty to animals. What a ho...(Read More)