More than 87 per cent of people registered to vote turn up to exercise their rights in the advance voting in Bangkok, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) revealed on Sunday night.

Of the 929,061 people registered, as many as 810,306 participated in the early election on Sunday – the first general election in eight years – despite long waits, big crowd and the heat.

No district saw less than 80 per cent participation, said Bangkok’s permanent secretary on Sunday. Even Prawet District, which had the lowest turn-out rate, hit 83.26 per cent, she said.

Five districts with the most people exercising their rights were Bang Kapi (52,515 or 85.53 per cent), Bang Khunthien (36,755 or 86.46 per cent), Huai Kwang (35,268 or 86.41 per cent), Ratchathewi (30,343 or 89.35 per cent) and Thawee Watthana (27,078 or 85.63 per cent).

The five districts with the highest rate of participation were Bangkok Yai (92.70), Samphanthawong (91.86), Phayathai (91.62), Pathumwan (90.89) and Bang Kho Laem (90.80).