PPAO Acting Chief Watcharin Pathomwattanaphong explained that currently are 24 constituencies with 496 polling stations working across the three districts of Phuket.
In total, 287,374 Phuket residents have rights to vote in this election, comprising of 170,027 people from Mueang Phuket District, 77,206 from Thalang District and 40,141 from Kathu District.
“I expect that no more than 70% of eligible voters will come to exercise their rights,” Mr Watcharin said.
“The vote counting will be conducted at each polling station. I expect that the counting will be finished at about 10pm tonight,” he added.
By law, voting is compulsory in Thailand. Failure to do so will result in the loss of several rights, such as to run as candidates in future elections and to serve as village or tambon chiefs. Yet there are no other penalties – including fines – that can be enforced by law for not voting.