Governors ordered to encourage voting

Caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan on Wednesday ordered all provincial governors to launch "full throttle" pro-election campaigns urging people to vote in the Feb 2 election.

Mr Charupong said he instructed interior permanent secretary Wiboon Sanguanpong to hold a video conference with provincial governors, ordering them to encourage as many people as possible to vote in the general election on Sunday. 

“I have stressed that government officials must adhere to the rule of law and I will not let anybody rob people of their power [to vote],” Mr Charupong said.

He said he believed that People's Democratic Reform Committee protesters would disrupt polls in nine provinces, as they did on Sunday, Jan 26, for advance voting. But he argued polls would run smoothly elsewhere. 

Asked if there would be more protest violence on the day of the Feb 2 poll, the caretaker interior minister said he was not worried about further unrest, adding that violence was not being incited by the authorities.

He argued that many people wanting to preserve their right to vote would express their democratic power on Sunday. “Ninety per cent of people want to vote,” he said. 

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