Police say 11,000 election complaints

More than 11,000 people had filed complaints with police saying they were obstructed from voting, and a total of 57 cases involving election law violations, were received between Jan 9 and Feb 2, election day, Royal Thai Police spokesman Piya Uthayo said on Tuesday.

Most of the 57 election violation complaints, 23 filed on election day, related to obstructing others from voting, accusing government officials of malfeasance and the tearing of ballot papers, Pol Maj Gen Piya said.

Other offences included infringing the alcohol sales ban, violating the emergency decree and assault. 

A total of 11,041 people lodged complaints with police saying they were unable to exercise their voting rights due to the political unrest on polling day, Pol Maj Gen Piya said.

Police also seized four guns from three men, one of them an army officer attached to the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, at checkpoints erected in Bangkok and its vicinity as part of security measures in the leadup to the Feb 2 poll.

Authorities were checking if the seized weapons were used in violent incidents during the anti-government protests, Pol Maj Gen Piya added. 

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Discussion 1 : 05/02/2014 at 10:16 AM
Corruption is endemic in almost all governments throughout the world. It may be a little worse in Thailand than in many other countries but as a general rule it is less endemic in democratic countries than in dictatorships. When you are allowed to stop the democratic process of elections then you are on the slippery slope towards dictatorship and military rule. Is this what the Thai people want? I suggest not. Yingluk may have continued with some unadvisable policies, the rice pledging scheme and the Amnesty bill being just two, but she WAS democratically elected and if you support a democracy then you can't argue with that.
Discussion 2 : 04/02/2014 at 11:26 PM
Do the complaining people have to show evidence?
Discussion 3 : 04/02/2014 at 10:01 PM
Do stop whining on about people's right to vote or making out Khun Suthep is some kind of anti-democratic monster. The national travesty has been engineered by the PTP and caretaker government's own ineptitude and corruption. Democracy does not exist here and voting doesn't miraculously change that situation....it just perpetuates the foolish notion everything will be better afterwards....well, is it? from Playbook application.
Discussion 4 : 04/02/2014 at 09:51 PM
Lucky Suthep did not stop people from voteing as he pronised, must be someone else
Discussion 5 : 04/02/2014 at 09:33 PM
11000 ??? Poor Police, poor Chalerm, poor Yingluck….You will desperately need those 11000to camouflage your defeat….
Discussion 6 : 04/02/2014 at 09:20 PM
Wow, for sure this is a good reason to "nullify" the polls. Thanks guys, way to go.
Discussion 7 : 04/02/2014 at 06:43 PM
Suthep must be proud

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