5,000 police officers tasked with safeguarding polling stations in BKK


BANGKOK, 30 January 2014  The Center for Managing of Peace and Order (CMPO) will deploy 5,000 police officers at all polling stations in the capital and request the army to send officers to provide security in southern border provinces on the election day. 

CMPO Director Chalerm Yubamrung said he would talk with national police chief Pol.Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew about sending forces to take ballot papers back after a group of people surrounded the Hat Yai Grand Postal Building to prevent the postal service from distributing ballot papers to southern constituencies. The center would also ask the secretary-general of the National Security Council to help maintaining peace and order in the three southern border provinces during the national election, Mr Chalerm said.

In Bangkok, 5,000 police officers will be deployed to facilitate voters’ journey to a polling station and prevent interceptions of ballot paper shipment.

Regarding the anti-government protesters’s walk to campaign the election on 2 February, Mr Chalerm said the protesters could parade in a peaceful manner and discouraged them from closing down polling stations since they would face legal actions.