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Thailand political development on 27JAN

Time:2014-01-27

Overall Situation

Advanced Voting for General Elections on Sunday, 26 January 2014

  • Yesterday (26 January 2014), the PDRC protesters besieged polling stations in Bangkok and several southern provinces, stopping ballot officials entering and prompting election authorities to shut more than 80 venues nationwide.  There were 597 out of 639 polling stations where the polls have been success.
  • More than two millions people had been registered to vote before the February 2 election, which was called by Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister to try to calm rising tensions after weeks of mass anti-government protests.
  • According to Mr. Somchai Srisutthiyakorn of the Election Commission, around 440,000 of people had been registered to vote nationwide were prevented from voting and warned that "a similar problem" could afflict next poll on Sunday, 2 February 2014.
  • As the advanced poll closed, Mr. Sutin Tharatin, a core leader of one of the PDRC was shot dead in a clash outside a polling station in the Bangkok suburb of Bang Na, where protesters had gathered to block yesterday's advance voting for the general election.
  • Speaking at the Pathumwan intersection stage hours after the fatal shooting, Mr. Suthep urged the military to form a special unit to help safeguard the protesters.
  • Mr. Chalerm Yubamrung, Director of Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) announced that teams of raiders will be dispatched to round up People's Democratic Reform Committee-led protesters laying siege to various government offices in 72 hours (credit : http://www.bangkokpost.com). The first place will be the Government Complex on Chaengwattana Road.

 

Travel Notice for Thailand

  • Travellers and foreigners who wish to travel to Bangkok during this period should avoid large gatherings and protest marches, as well as all protests sites and their vicinity during the day and especially at night. They should monitor local news and developments closely, take all necessary precautions for personal safety, and purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance.
  • All airports in Bangkok and throughout Thailand are open and operating as per normal. Air passengers with flights departing out of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports are advised to allocate at least four hours prior to their scheduled flight departure time and to check the flight status prior to travelling.
  • For travel advisory to Thailand, please visit http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/media-center/3927/42933-Travel-Adviosry-(as-of-20-January-2014).html for more information (Source: www.mfa.go.th)

 

Transportation

 

Passengers can check flight status at www.thaiairways.com and www.thaismileair.com

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