Thai police warn against political party clothing during election weekend

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The Royal Thai Police have issued a warning to the public, stating that wearing clothing with political party logos or names of candidates during the upcoming general election on May 13 and 14 could be considered illegal campaigning, leading to hefty fines or even imprisonment.

According to election law, all political campaigns should be concluded by 6pm on the day prior to voting day. This year, campaigning will be banned from 6pm on May 13 through 6pm on May 14, as per a notice posted by the Royal Thai Police.

The notice reads, “It is forbidden for anyone to campaign by any means, whether or not it is harmful to a candidate or a political party. Refrain from displaying symbols that are considered campaign advertisements on your clothing, bags, or hats, including logos, numbers, and symbols of political parties or candidates, especially when entering a polling station.” The police also cautioned that violation of these rules may result in up to six months in prison, a fine of up to 10,000 baht, or both.

In addition to restrictions on political attire, a ban on the sale of alcohol has been imposed across the country, starting from 6pm on May 13 until 6pm on May 14. Violating this ban could result in a fine of up to 10,000 baht or imprisonment for up to six months, or both.

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The police notice released before early voting on May 7 also included a ban on “alcohol distribution” and “alcohol consumption gathering.” There are currently no indications that the rules will be altered on the primary voting day.

As election day approaches, Thai citizens are reminded to adhere to these regulations to ensure a smooth and lawful electoral process. Additionally, public awareness of these notices is important to avoid potential penalties related to illegal campaigning or alcohol sales and consumption during the specified times, reports Phuket News.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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