Re-run elections took place smoothly and peacefully on March 2 in five Thai provinces where protestors had besieged polling stations during the general election on February 2.

Election Committee member Somchai Srisutthiyakorn told the media that a total of around 120,000 people were registered in 101 constituencies across five provinces, including Rayong and Phetchaburi.

According to him, the results will not be announced until rerun elections have been held in all constituencies, with April as a rough deadline for their completion. In the meantime, Prime Minister Yingluck will remain in a caretaker role.

Meanwhile, anti-government protesters on March 2 began to leave several key intersections in the capital after announcing the end of their self-proclaimed "shutdown" of the city.

During the February 2 election, demonstrators prevented 10,000 polling stations across 18 cities and provinces from opening, mainly in the opposition camp’s strongholds in Bangkok and the southern region.-VNA