Residents of Thailand's capital Bangkok were voting Sunday for a new governor for the first time since the last military coup in 2014.

The polls are marked by many first-time voters, who represent more than 15.5 percent of all eligible voters, and come after two years of protests pushing for democratic reform.

With many electoral debates – including one in which actor Russell Crowe put questions to the main candidates – covering a wide range of issues, these local elections have raised great expectations.