Opposition leads in Thailand’s general election: electoral body

The oppositions are leading the general election of Thailand on Sunday, according to the early result released by the electoral body.

The two major oppositions, Pheu Thai Party and the Move Forward Party, were almost on par as 50 percent of vote counting was completed and they were forecasted to capture more than half of the 400 constituency seats in the House of Representatives or the lower house of parliament.

The Move Forward Party, with wide support among young voters, emerged strong in the election and was leading in the separate poll to decide the 100 party-list seats in the house with more than 4.8 million votes ahead of Pheu Thai’s 4.1 million votes.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party (United Thai Nation Party) is projected to take some 20 constituency seats but was ranked third in the party list poll with 1.7 million votes.

Under the two-ballot system with one vote for the 400 constituency members of parliament (MPs) and another for their preferred party vying for the 100 party-list MPs, voters will elect a total of 500 members to the House of Representatives.

More than 52 million Thai citizens were eligible to vote in the election. ■

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