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Travel alert for Bangkok stays at 'orange': MOFA

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said late Monday that it has continued to issue an "orange" travel alert for Thailand's capital city Bangkok despite the fact that the Thai government has announced its nationwide general election concluded peacefully on Sunday.

According to MOFA, Thailand went through with its general election peacefully on Sunday, with no injuries reported throughout the kingdom. But polling results will not be announced until later.

Thailand's Election Commission (EC) announced that Sunday's voting has been completed in 89 percent of nearly 90,000 polling stations nationwide.

However, 69 constituencies in 18 provinces with a total of 10,269 polling stations failed to go through with the voting process due to protests.

The EC is considering by-elections on Feb. 23 for voters who failed to cast ballots in the Jan. 26 advance voting and Sunday's election, MOFA said.

In case of possible new rounds of protests ahead of the Feb. 23 by-elections, MOFA continues to urge Taiwanese travelers to avoid visiting the Thai capital and its surrounding areas.

Nationals should avoid unnecessary trips to the Thai capital and neighboring areas and take precautions during their trip to the city, MOFA added.

Under MOFA's four-color coded travel advisory system, an "orange" alert is the second highest level of warning following red, meaning Taiwanese travelers should take precautions and avoid the area if possible.

Meanwhile, MOFA urged Taiwanese nationals not to visit crowded areas in Bangkok and to avoid wearing yellow or red shirts.

Over the past few months, there have been scuffles between pro-government "Red Shirt" supporters and "Yellow Shirt" anti-government demonstrators.

In case of emergency, Taiwanese nationals in Thailand can call for help at the nation's representative office in Bangkok (081) 666-4006, or 666-4008.

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