Police report 38 election violations throughout Thailand

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) reported 38 violations of election rules across Thailand yesterday with a document excessive of 75% of the eligible population, or over 39 million people, exercising their right to vote.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Nitthitorn Jintakanon – Director of the Security and Public Order of Election Management Centre – reported that violations included 26 cases of people tearing up their ballot papers, 4 circumstances of voters taking a photo of their ballot papers, one case of a voter removing their ballot paper from the polling station, and 7 instances of individuals promoting or distributing alcohol within the prohibited time, stories BangkokBizNews.
Police reported eight instances of vote buying in the run-up to the elections, four of whom have already been prosecuted and 4 are still under investigation. Aside from this, more than 1,000 marketing campaign indicators had been destroyed before election day, said Pol. Lt. Gen. Nitthitorn.
The director said…
“Most instances of individuals tearing up ballot papers – greater than 90% – were older individuals. Secrets were Alzheimer’s patients, some were drunk, and some instances were accidental.
“In some circumstances, the voter crossed the incorrect box and tore up the ballot paper, and requested for a brand new one, which isn’t allowed. Police are still investigating but haven’t found something to recommend these actions were politically motivated.”
Police stated they were investigating more potential violations of election rules the general public had sent to corruption-ouster and anti-cannabis campaigner Chuwit Kamolwisit by assigning local police to determine out the information.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Nittitorn said the police’s work around the election is not carried out yet. Police might be on excessive alert since Thailand has a history of shootings after elections, particularly in 4 “high competition” provinces – Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Ratchaburi. Another 20 provinces are thought-about at “high risk” and must be monitored, mentioned the policeman.
Representing a huge shift within the population’s political stance, the youth-led Move Forward Party (MFP) – in favour of radical reform of the country’s establishments – took a surprising lead in yesterday’s polls.
MFP won the imagination of younger and old voters alike with their plans to amend Thailand’s strict lese majeste legal guidelines that punish those that insult the monarchy with a jail term of up to 15 years..

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