ALL ROADS in Bangkok led to polling stations today (May 22) with residents flocking to cast their ballot in the gubernatorial election with heavy traffic congestion on several key roads across the metropolis making Sunday no different than the rush hour on weekdays.
A total of about 4.5 million Bangkokians have the right to vote with the first-time voters accounting for some 600,000.
Voter turnout is expected to be higher than that in the 2013 gubernatorial election which accounted for 63% and probably higher than that in the previous election for Bangkok MPs, which accounted for 73%.
Bad traffic snarl-ups occurred on the following roads:
Heavy traffic congestion on Sai Mai, Sukhaphiban 5, Watcharaphon and Ramintra roads.
Moderately heavy congestion on Vibhavadi Rangsit and Prasert Manukit (Kaset- Nawamin) roads.
Heavy traffic congestion on Kanlapaphruek, Ratchaphruek, Petchkasem, Ekachai, Pracha Uthit and Somdej Phrachao Taksin roads.
Moderately heavy congestion on Rama II, Borommaratchachonnani and Charoen Nakhon roads.
Heavy congestion on Ladprao, Ramkhamhaeng, Srinakarin and On Nut roads.
Moderately heavy jams on Krungthep Kreetha and Phatthanakan roads.
Heavy traffic congestion on Sukhumvit, Ekamai, Pridi Banomyong, Din Daeng, Rama 9, Rama IV, Ploenchit, Chidlom and Ratchadamri roads.
Moderately heavy jams on Witthayu, Silom and Phetchaburi roads.
Scenes from today’s Bangkok governor election. All photos: Matichon