Election commissioner briefs PBTA

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Akom Janpen of the Chonburi Election Commission said people should be vigilant as private groups will try to influence the upcoming election.
Akom Janpen of the Chonburi Election Commission said people should be vigilant as private groups will try to influence the upcoming election.

The Pattaya Business and Tourism Association was encouraged to lobby members and the public to vote freely and independently whenever the country’s next general election occurs.

Speaking to the PBTA’s Jan. 17 meeting at the Green Park Resort, Akom Janpen of the Chonburi Election Commission said private groups will try to influence the election, so people should be vigilant not to become their puppets.

This also includes selling votes to political parties. Such behavior cannot occur if the elections are to be successful, Akom said.

Elections slated for Feb. 24 could now be postponed for the fifth time until March 24, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, who claims the February date would interfere with planning for the HM the King’s May coronation ceremony.

Protests have erupted in Bangkok since rumors of the delay began weeks ago.

The PBTA also reviewed the tourism schedule for January and February and received an update on Pattaya’s official Line messaging app account.