27 Jun '11, 2am

Tension mounts in run-up to polls amid deep political divide... | Nirmal Ghosh, Straits Times

Tension mounts in run-up to polls amid deep political divide... | Nirmal Ghosh, Straits Times

A woman checking a list before casting her advance vote at a polling station in Bangkok yesterday, a week ahead of the July 3 election. The opposition Puea Thai party, backed by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, appears to enjoy a strong lead in polls. Thaksin was deposed in a 2006 coup, but a Puea Thai victory could pave the way for his return. -- PHOTO: REUTERS View more photos BANGKOK: On the streets of Thailand's crowded capital, many people claim they still have no idea whom they will vote for in Sunday's general election. Recent opinion polls show that countrywide, around 10 million are undecided. But some vendors and retailers in Bangkok's Prathunam market revealed that many Thais were not so much 'undecided' as reluctant to tell anyone whom they are going to vote for. Those sympathising with the 'Red Shirts', who favour the opposition Puea Thai party's cand...

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