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No “drink voting” – Alcohol ban on Saturday and Sunday during elections

Caitlin Ashworth



CORRECTION: Dates for the alcohol ban were incorrect in an earlier report. The correct dates are Saturday, December 19 to Sunday, December, 20.

Possibly in an effort to make sure no one stumbles to the voting polls and casts their ballots drunk, alcohol will be banned from 6pm Saturday until 6pm Sunday during Thailand’s municipal council elections across the country.

Selling booze during the 24-hour ban carries a pretty hefty fine: up to 6 months in jail and a fine up to 10,000 baht. Bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues can remain open, but they are prohibited from selling alcohol, according to Phuket Election Commission director general Passakon Siripakayapon.

Drinking alcohol at home is still allowed, as long as it is not sold, he adds. (So stock up before Saturday night.)

Thailand’s Election Act was revised in September 2018, banning alcohol during elections. According to The Sun, Thai authorities decided to ban alcohol during elections to prevent voting manipulation and bribery. Apparently, canvassers used to throw parties right before the election (or possibly during) to get more votes.

This week, voters will elect representatives for the Provincial Administration Organisation, or PAO. Voting is compulsory for Thai citizens. While failing to vote doesn’t carry a fine, a person could lose up to 6 citizen’s rights for not casting a ballot.

SOURCES: Thai Visa | Phuket News | Sun UK

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    Jan Schauseil

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:52 am

    I believe the municipal elections are on 20 December. Sunday.

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    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Why do Farang have to stop drinking because its a Thai election. They cannot vote anyway. Rediculous

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      Toby Andrews

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:17 pm

      That’s a point.
      However it is not too bad, at least they are allowed provincial elections.
      They is no government election allowed, and may never be allowed . . .

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      Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 6:58 pm

      Maybe, just maybe it is because you are a guest in their country.
      Obviously by your comments you should be exempted because of you arrogance and thumb up your arse attitude
      Rant over

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      Christopher Mann

      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:30 am

      Firstly you have spelt RIDICULOUS. The same things happen in Canada and USA so are they RIDICULOUS too MORON?

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        Preesy Chepuce

        Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 2:51 pm

        Well, look at the results! lol

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    Sam W

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:10 am

    “According to the Sun.”
    What Sun?

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Any one remember the advertisement in the UK. The bank that likes to say YES.
    Thailand is the country that likes to say NO.
    They love it. Any excuse, however feeble, Thai authority say NO.
    There is no reason those that cannot vote should not be allowed to drink.
    There is not reason alcohol cannot be allowed after the polling stations are closed.
    They are a country of petty nothings who make them themselves important by dreaming up bans.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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