South voters: Give us our ballot boxes

A group of voters from the southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat on Friday gathered to demand anti-government protesters hand over general election ballot boxes and papers currently being held at a local post office, reports said.

They assembled in front of the Otop centre on the Hat Yai-Pattani Highway in Pattani’s Nong Chik district calling on People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters to vacate the Regional 9 post office and allow authorities to deliver ballot boxes and voting papers to polling stations in the far South.

Anti-government protesters have been surrounding the post office in a bid to prevent the planned Feb 2 election from taking place.

Earlier, the pro-election group had planned to travel to Hat Yai to take back the ballot boxes and voting papers, but their leaders decided against the plan to avoid possible violent confrontation with PDRC supporters.

They instead submitted open letters to relevant offices, asking them to reclaim the ballot boxes and papers from protesters to enable the Feb 2 polls to go ahead.

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Discussion 1 : 31/01/2014 at 06:00 PM
I hear / read you and understand: "I support people who deny others their democratic rights and physically block and prevent people from voting, but I think everybody`s voting rights should be respected. I support the very people who distract and detain the delivery of ballot boxes, but I think ballot boxes and papers should be delivered". Is that what you were saying? No wonder that PDRC claim to fight against corruption and for democracy!
Discussion 2 : 31/01/2014 at 04:47 PM
But denying the people their right to choose a government is exactly the purpose of the PDRC. Otherwise they'd simply join an election.
Discussion 3 : 31/01/2014 at 02:21 PM
I claim myself as a PDRC sympathizer, but other people's voting right also should be respected. Let postmen deliver ballot boxes and papers.
Discussion 4 : 31/01/2014 at 01:44 PM
Any information of how many voters in front of the OTOP? I trust this is not a secret like the rice policy..

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