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Thai Election Officials Say Preparations Complete for Sunday Snap Election


Thai election officials say preparations for Sunday's snap election are nearly complete, despite having had less than six weeks to prepare for the vote.

Embattled Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called the snap election in February amid anger over his family's tax-free sale of 1.9 billion dollars of shares in a company he founded.

Today, he urged opposition parties to abide by the results of Sunday's snap election. Meanwhile, opposition party leaders said today that they will be watching for fraud or irregularities surrounding the elections.

Mr. Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai party is expected to win easily due to solid support in the country's rural areas.

But the three main opposition parties are boycotting the election in the hope that low turnout might make it legally impossible to fill all 500 parliament seats.

Thousands of protesters have staged frequent rallies in recent months, calling for Mr. Thaksin's resignation and accusing his government of corruption and abuse of office.

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