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Polls close in Thailand amid heavy security

The polls have closed after largely peaceful elections in Thailand, although there were reports of widespread disruption at polling stations with some voters being prevented from registering.

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Polls close in largely peaceful elections in Thailand

Voting has ended in Thailand's general election but it is likely to be weeks before there is a result.

Protesters demanding the right to vote at a district office where voting was called off in Bangkok Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Apart from a few scuffles voting was relatively peaceful, a day after seven people were wounded by gunshots and explosions during clashes in north Bangkok.

There were reports of disruption to voting at almost half of Bangkok's polling stations and 37 out of 56 constituencies in the south, where opposition to the government is also strong.

Polling elsewhere in the country was unaffected.

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