Court annuls Thailand general election

Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Friday annulled the February 2 general election for failing to hold nationwide voting in every constituency on the same day, court officials said.

The court’s judges voted 6 to 3 to void the election, which was boycotted by the opposition Democrat Party and could not be held in 28 of 375 constituencies nationwide.

“The election was not held on the same day nationwide, which goes against the Constitution,” court spokesman Phimon Thampitakpong said.

No balloting was held in 28 constituencies, all of them in southern provinces that are the traditional power base of the Democrat Party, because no candidates had been registered amid anti—government protests.

The ruling Pheu Thai party effectively ran unchallenged for the other seats because of a boycott by the opposition, which accused the government of corruption and vote-buying.

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