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Thailand to hold election re-runs in select districts

BANGKOK--Thailand will hold election re-runs in April in constituencies where voting was obstructed by opposition protesters earlier this month, poll officials announced on Tuesday.

Millions were denied the opportunity to cast ballots, with blockades by demonstrators seeking to prevent the re-election of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra causing the closure of some 10 percent of polling stations.

Voting will be held on April 27 for polling stations that were unable to open on Feb. 2, Election Commission secretary general Puchong Nutrawong told AFP.

Another round of advance voting will take place a week before. But there is still no decision on what to do about 28 constituencies that have no candidates because protesters blocked the registration process.

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