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NAMFREL volunteers observe Thailand’s parliamentary election

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Namfrel volunteers are in Thailand as part of the observation mission delegation of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) to the country’s July 3 parliamentary election. Here are some photos from them.

NAMFREL National Council member and ANFREL chairperson Damaso Magbual with Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at a candidates’ debate in Bangkok on June 24. Thailand will hold its parliamentary election on July 3.

NAMFREL National Council member and ANFREL chairperson Damaso Magbual with Phue Thai Party chairman Yongyuth Vichaidit (right) at the same candidates’ debate on June 24.

Mr. Magbual with ANFREL representatives in a meeting on June 29 with the Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police about the security plan for the coming election.

Thailand held advance voting on June 26. This photo was taken in southern Thailand on said day. Voters sat outside this hall to wait for their turn. Their names were called by batch and the voters were requested to form a line for identity checks prior to admission into a polling station. Girl/Boy scouts from nearby schools assisted in locating names and precincts. (It should be noted that about a week prior to elections, all citizens were to receive notice by mail from the election commission about their precinct location).

NAMFREL Regional Director for Mindanao Jayson Sabdilon (left) confers with a staff of the Election Commission in southern Thailand. Mr. Sabdilon is in the country as an ANFREL observer for the July 3 parliamentary election.

NAMFREL Projects Committee chair Corazon Ignacio poses for a photo with a monk in northern Thailand. There are about 300,000 monks among Thailand’s population of 68 million. Monks do not vote because they are supposed to be “neutral, peaceful, and detached from worldly concerns.”

NAMFREL Projects Committee chair Corazon Ignacio visits a young candidate in his office in northern Thailand.

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July 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

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