The Thai Election Commission (EC) said on Monday (May 15th) that 75.22 percent of Thai people turned out for an election vote which is the highest record in Thai history.
However, the EC is investigating 168 official complaints for the election.
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The President of the EC, Mr. Ittiphon Boonprakong, told the Thai press. “The number of voters is the highest in the history of seven general elections in the past. In 2019, the number of voters was an average of 74.87 percent. The high number of voters is a good sign that people are taking part in politics which has made this election meaningful.”
“However, in total, 168 complaints have been filed over the election. Of those, fifty-nine complaints are regarding alleged vote buying, 58 complaints are for defamation and 18 complaints were on government officers’ alleged illegal actions. The remainder of complaints were miscellaneous matters. Meanwhile, seven people have been arrested for selling alcohol during the legal sales ban time of voting hours,” Mr. Ittiphon explained.
“In 2019 there were 592 complaints in the election which was much more than this time. These numbers show that we have good developments in maintaining a fair and impartial election,” Mr. Ittiphon added.
“By law, the EC must officially announce the election results within 60 days. However, within five days we will completely check the count corrections and investigate any complaints,” Mr. Ittiphon noted.