Thailand goes to Poll for the First Time after 2014 Coup

  • Thailand went to polls on Sunday (March 24, 2019) for the first time since the 2014 military coup. Votes were polled through 93,200 polling stations across 77 provinces. Voting started at 8 am and the polling stations were polled till 5 pm local time. Reports say 65.6 percent voters (33.7 million) exercised their voting rights out of the total eligible voters of 51.4 million. Latest reports show that 83 percent of the ballots are counted and the military-allied Palang Pracharath party is leading with 6.37 million votes, closely followed by main opposition Pheu Thai party with 6.03 million votes. A newly formed Future Forward party (a fierce critic of the military government that is contesting for the first time) has bagged 4.31 million votes. The election commission earlier said that they will announce the final result by 8 pm local time today. However, the schedule was later pushed back to Monday morning.