Around 183,129 police will protect 94,000 polling stations today as 47.33 million Thai voters go to the polls in their general election.
A total of 3,832 candidates from 42 parties will be vying for 500 seats in the House of Representatives. Voting is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time and unofficial results are expected by 9 p.m. today.
Of the 500 seats, 375 are elected from single member constituencies with the remaining 125 being elected from party lists. It takes around 250,000 votes to elect an MP on the party list.
Yingluck Shinawatra and her Pheu Thai Party (PTP) are expected to win the election, although there is some doubt as to whether they can reach the 251 mark to give them an overall majority. Many embassies have warned their nationals to take caution during polling day and immediately afterwards as violence is expected.
The first meeting of parliament has to take place within 30 days, 2nd August at which time a Speaker and two deputies will be elected before the house votes for a prime minister. At least 1/5th of the house have to vote in favour of the prime minister.
After that, the prime minister will submit to the King no more than 35 members of a Cabinet for his approval.