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Thai election set for Sunday

07-02-2011 11:45 BJT

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Thailand's first general election after years of political unrest is scheduled for Sunday. This follows the King's endorsement of the House dissolution in May. The poll will also be the first to pit the governing Democrat Party against the opposition Puea Thai.

Back in February, the Thai Parliament approved an amendment changing the electoral system from multiple-seat constituencies to single-seat ones. The number of lawmakers increased from 480 to 500.

Some 47.3 million eligible voters will pick 500 members of the House of Representatives. 375 will come from members from single-seat constituencies and another 125 from the party-list category.

40 political parties are fielding about 14-hundred candidates in the party-list category. Each party will get seats in proportion to the number of popular votes they win.

34 parties are fielding about 24-hundred constituency candidates. The candidate who gets the largest number of votes in the constituency will win the seat in that constituency.

Opinion polls show the opposition Phue Thai Party with a healthy lead. The Party is expected to win in the rural north and northeast,

The governing Democrat Party have a lock on the south, their traditional stronghold.

Neither party is likely to get a majority.



Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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