PHUKET: The Phuket blockade preventing any further candidates from registering to enter the February 2 national election held strong today, the last day for potential candidates to enter the election.

“We couldn’t even get inside the building this morning to open the center as the protesters blocked our way,” Kittipong Thiengkunakrit, Director of the Phuket office of the Election Commission, told the Phuket Gazette.

The blockade, led by protest leader Suratin Lian-udom, the former Mayor of Rassada, has been in force since registrations opened on December 28 (story