Prospects sign up for the Dec 20 Provincial Administration Organisation election at the provincial arena in Muang district of Phichit province on Monday. (Image: Sitthipoj Kebui)

The very first phase of the very first across the country city government elections considering that the coup 6 years started on Monday with the opening of registration of prospects for chairmen and members of provincial administration organisations (PAO) in 76 provinces.

Applications close on Nov 6, with the complete lists of candidates to be revealed on Nov 13, according to the Election Commission.

The lists of prospects validated certified to stand and the areas of ballot stations in each province will be revealed on Nov 24. Ballot is set up for Dec 20.

The preliminary reaction was reported to be hectic in many provinces.

In Nakhon Ratchasima province, registration was at Chatichai Hall in the premises of the provincial sports arena in Muang district.

Prospects and great deals of fans started to appear prior to 8.30 am. They were needed to go through screening for Covid-19.

Provincial guv Wichian Chantaranothai existed to witness the applications.

Nakhon Ratchasima has 2.1 million qualified citizens in 32 districts. They are to choose one PAO chairman and 48 members of the PAO council. The provincial election committee anticipates citizen turnout to be a minimum of 70%.

In Khon Kaen, registration is at the PAO auditorium. A a great deal of prospects and their fans likewise showed up on Monday early morning.

All kinds of regional elections were suspended by the coup-makers’ National Council for Peace and Order after the military ousted the Pheu Thai-led federal government on May 22, 2014. There have actually been some elections for regional town chiefs this year.

Other kinds of city government elections will follow later on – tambon administration organisations, towns and unique administration locations such as Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Pattaya City – according to the federal government

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