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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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Thailand ballot protests mean more voting lies ahead

Further voting in Thailand's election is already scheduled for February 23 after problems with advance voting last Sunday, while the ballot in some southern areas may not happen for weeks. Voting ends at 8am GMT, but no results will be announced today.

Protesters demanding the right to vote break into the district office in Bangkok. Credit: Reuters/Damir Sagolj

National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabutr said: "The situation overall is calm and we haven't received any reports of violence this morning. "The protesters are rallying peacefully to show their opposition to this election."

Voting in 13 of Bangkok's 33 constituencies was disrupted. Thirty-seven out of 56 constituencies in the south, where opposition to the government is also strong, suffered disruption. Polling elsewhere in the country was unaffected.

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