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Three deep south provinces have highest number of void ballots

Unofficial result of the vote count on Monday shows that three deep south provinces; Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, have the highest number of void ballots, Election Commission's secretary general Suthipon Taweechaiyakarn said.

Number of the void ballots in Pattani were the highest (6.05 per cent), followed by Yala (5.38 per cent) and Narathiwat (4.37 per cent).

Suthiphon said the problem is possibly because most of voters in those three provinces used Yawi dialect, making them have difficulties in marking the ballots.

He said the counting of the votes already finished. Unofficial result of the vote count showed that 25, 978,954 voters or 57.61 per cent showed up to cast the ballots. Nationwide void ballots were 504,123 or 1.94 per cent.

Of the total votes, 57,81 per cent or 14,724,407, voted yes for the draft charter while 10,747,310 voters or 42.19 per cent voted no.

Lumphun has the highest turnout at 75.35 per cent while the lowest was Surin 49.66 per cent.

 Chumphon has the highest number of Yes votes or 93.20 per cent while Nakhon Panom has the lowest or 22.41 per cent.

by Budsarakham Silapalavan

The Nation

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