Re-run polls go on as Thai protesters decamp
THAILAND held re-run elections in five provinces where voting was disrupted in last month's polls by anti-government protesters.
There were no reports of violence during yesterday's vote, although gunfire and at least two explosions had raised tension in Bangkok before the original Feb 2 general election.
Whatever the result, the vote alone cannot restore stability in a deeply polarised country popular with tourists and investors, yet blighted by eight years of political turmoil.
The protesters, seeking to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, decamped from a main Bangkok intersection yesterday and gathered in central Lumpini Park, where hundreds already sleep in tents alongside boating lakes and under trees, after protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said they would abandon other sites in the city.
Voting was disrupted on Feb 2 in 18 per cent of constituencies, or 69 out of 375 nationwide, the Election Commission said, affecting 18 of 77 provinces.