Pattaya police drilled on election-safety measures for the May 22 poll.
Police chief Pol. Col. Kullachart Kullachai led the April30 exercise with Nongprue police and Pattaya city hall security officers at a mock polling station at Pattaya School No. 8.
The scenario called for voters dissatisfied with the vote-counting process to prevent election workers from removing ballot boxes.
Police focused on de-escalation of tensions, talking and negotiating with the protestors, eventually getting their cooperation in removing the boxes from the premises.
If negotiations failed, the backup plan was to have crowd-control officers take over and clear the protestors.
Pattaya officials stressed they don’t anticipate any problems with the vote for mayor and city council.