National elections in Thailand on Sunday were heavily disrupted by anti-government protesters as they continue to question the legitimacy of the current government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Nearly a fifth of the country's electoral districts—69 out of 375—were disrupted. Protesters attempted to disrupt elections by preventing candidates from registering, voters form voting and halting ballot box deliveries.
The protester are mainly middle-class Thai who believe Shinawatra is a puppet for her exiled brother, Thaksin. Shinawatra's support is largely populist. The People's Democratic Reform Committee have advocated for the installation of a "people's committee" to expel corruption in the government before any elections would occur. Thailand's anti-corruption agency is currently handling impeachment cases against Shinawatra and more than 300 members of her political party.
Sunday's elections were mostly peaceful, though the day prior, gunfire and explosions occurred in a Bangkok district, wounding at least seven people. Nearly 10,000 police officers were deployed to handle the commotion.
The electoral interruptions mean it could be days or weeks before parliamentary seats are decided, leaving the Prime Minister without a functioning parliament to legislate. The protests have instigated a number of smaller elections that could take months to complete.
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