By The Nation
The Election Commission (EC) called for the poll rerun after inconsistencies were found at those polling stations in the March 24 general election. The number of ballots cast differed from that of eligible voters registered to vote at those polling stations.
Judging from as many as 92,320 polling stations in last month’s election, inconsistencies at only six places were considered an “acceptable mistake”, election commissioner Lertwiroj Kowattana said on Sunday.
He was inspecting the voting at polling station number 32 in Bangkok’s Constituency 13, where new voting was called. Accompanying him were EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma and Bangkok's election director Witchuda Mekhanuwong.
In addition to the Bangkok polling station, vote reruns were also held at two polling stations in Lampang province, and one polling station each in Phitsanulok, Yasothon and Phetchabun provinces. The number of eligible voters at the polling stations involved ranged from a few hundred to less than 1,400.
The EC received more than 300 complaints of suspected fraud in the general election but most of them did not warrant new voting, Lertwiroj said on Sunday.