Thai citizens began casting their votes at 8am local time on February 2, but the general election has already been thrown into chaos with anti-government protesters forcing the closure of more than 10 percent of constituency polling stations.

Some 130,000 police have been deployed at polling stations across the country, including 12,000 in the capital Bangkok, in order to tighten security and maintain order.

"Polling stations have opened," said Election Commission (EC) Secretary General Puchong Nutrawong, adding protesters prevented voting across 12 southern provinces and in at least two Bangkok constituencies.

According to the commission, a total of 93,305 polling stations were set up in 375 constituencies nationwide for 48.77 million eligible voters.

Polls closed at 3pm the same day, with the EC confirming that the results would not be available on the same day.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra went to the polls at a public school near her home in Bangkok, which was guarded by 165 policemen.

Meanwhile, leader of the opposition Democrat party Abhisit Vejjajiva publicly decided not to vote and described the election as “unconstitutional”.

Anti-government protesters said they will stop the election and continue the campaign to force the resignation of PM Yingluck.

Elections at some polling stations were suspended due to polling staff shortages.

Chokchai Pholwatana, who is in charge of the election in Songkhla province, said voting in eight polling stations in the locality was cancelled because of ballot shortage.

The previous night, the EC decided to cancel voting at 158 stations in Lak Si district, Bangkok, after a confrontation between anti-government protesters and pro-government supporters which left at least eight people injured.-VNA