EC now says official voter turnout is 47.72%

The Election Commission today released the latest official voter turnout of the February 2 general election at 47.72%.

EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said the figures were counted from 68 provinces where in some areas of these provinces voting was forced to close ahead of the 3 p.m. closing hours, and also excluded nine southern provinces where election could not be held.

They were Krabi, Chumphon, Trang, Patthalung, Phang Nga, Phuket, Ranong, Songkhla and Surat Thani. Advance voting on January was also not counted in this latest voter turnout.

The EC secretary-general said there was a total of 43,024,786 eligible voters in the election. Of the total eligible voters, 20,530,359 or 47.72% showed up to cast their votes.

Of all the ballots casted by voters, he said 14,645,812 were valid or 71.34%, and 2,458,461 were invalid or 11.97%, and 3,426,080 were vote-no ballots or 16.69%.

For Bangkok Metropolis, he said, a total of 1,133,296 voters or 25.94% from a total of 4,369,120 eligible voters casted their votes. From all the ballots casted, 775,821 or 68.46% were valid, and 90,923 or 8.02% were invalid, and 266,552 were vote-no ballots or 23.52%.

He said Chiang Mai registered the highest voter turnout of 827,808 voters or 75.05% from a total 1,103,069 eligible voters. Of the total ballots casted, 530,427 or 64.08% were valid, 129,983 or 15.7% were invalid, and 167,398 or 20.22% were vote-no ballots.

Lamphun had the second highest voter turnout of 241,209 voters or 73.39% from a total of 328,667 eligible voters.

The lowest voter turnout was in Nakhon Si Thammarat with 1,302 voters casting their ballots or 8.78% from a total of 14,825 eligible voters in constituencies which could open for voting.