Several anti-military candidates in Thailand have lodged fresh complaints with the Election Commission on Friday over bungled tallies and alleged vote-buying following, a controversial ballot that has left politics in the junta-ruled kingdom in limbo.
A military-backed party and its main rival led by an exiled billionaire have both claimed the right to lead the government in the wake of Sunday’s polls, with official final tallies delayed for weeks.
Candidates from at least two parties issued complaints with the commission on Friday over alleged irregularities they claim could skew final vote counts.
A member of the anti-junta Future Forward party accused the pro-military Phalang Pracharat of currying favour among local officials by gifting them cash and gifts.
“It’s against the law, it can be seen as vote-buying,” Future Forward spokeswoman Pannika Wanich said.
Another Future Forward candidate reported voter intimidation inside a Bangkok polling station.
“There was a military officer standing inside the polling station to see whether military officials have voted for the party he wanted,” candidate Chris Potranan said in a complaint filed on Friday.
A member of the anti-junta Pheu Thai party also lodged objections over allegedly dodgy counts in his Bangkok constituency.
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