(3 February) A group of residents in Bangkok's Ratchathewi district have handed their mock ballots to the district administration.
The group gained much news coverage when they decided to organise their own mock electionin Soi Yothee after the Election Commission (EC) called off the actual election in their district yesterday.
The EC claimed that the officials were unable to organise the voting amid anti-election protests organised by the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD).
Using chairs as election booth, paper boxes as ballot boxes, and elderly aunts as polling station staff, the gesture was seen by many as a poignant defiance of ordinary voters against the PCAD′s attempt to derail the 2 February election.
Today the group marched to Ratchathewi district office with their mock ballot box, in order to hand their mock ballots to the officials.
Ms. Maneenart Srichantra, deputy director of Ratchathewi district, met with the group and accepted the mock ballots. The group peacefully dispersed afterwards.
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