July 2 - Thailand readies for Sunday election. Julie Noce reports.
Ballots.... check. Voting boxes... check. Everything and everyone is readying for tomorrow's general election in Thailand. The candidates themselves are making a final push... canvassing the streets of Bangkok, asking constituents for their votes. Yingluck Shinawatra , sister of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, is running for the Puea Thai party, whose members typically wear red-shirts. While her main opponent, incumbent prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who represents the Democrat Party showed his 'yellow-shirt' spirit by visiting a gold shop. Both candidates are running on similar populist platforms... more jobs, better salaries, and bigger infrastructure. But the tumultuous history of Thai politics has election watchers wary of the outcome. Measures are being taken to ensure a fair and safe election process. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) ELECTION COMMISSIONER PRAPAN NAIKOWIT, SAYING: "We have 12 people including committee members and police that will take care of each constituency. There will be a stamp on the ballot sheet and nobody will be able to replace it with any paper and we will count the votes at the polls." Preliminary results are expected hours after polls close, although official results are not likely until next week. Julie Noce, Reuters