"The party was surprised by the massive protest vote in Bangkok," Thai Rak Thai party official Suranand Vejjajiva told reporters.
|Thai election officials start counting ballot papers at the National Stadium in Bangkok, 02 April 2006 (AFP Photo)|
"In our meeting, we will discuss the possible reasons why there were a lot of 'no votes' in Bangkok, and why sentiment among city residents has turned against the party," he said.
With many seats uncontested, more voters in Bangkok chose to check a "no vote" box than to vote for Thaksin's party, according to a partial count.
Mr.Thaksin's party had carried 32 of the 36 seats in Bangkok in the last general election just 14 months ago.
"The protest vote, or 'no votes' will be a question for us as we ponder our next move. The government wants to be a government for the entire country, not just part of the country," Suranand said.
The strong protest vote in Bangkok and the south could pose a challenge to Thaksin's hopes of staying in office and ending the protests that have rattled the capital for two months.