EC to destroy ballot papers not distributed in the South


BANGKOK, 8 February 2014 The Election Commission has announced it is making preparations to destroy ballot papers that could not be distributed from three postal centers in the South. The move is in accordance with the law. 

Phuchong Nuttrawong, secretary-general of the EC, said the ballot papers for party-list candidates must be destroyed by incineration, because the election day has passed and because doing so would prevent the ballots from being exploited in future polls. Election officials in the three postal center localities, situated in Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla, have been told to find ways to remove the ballots from the venues and to dispose of them in incinerators.

Mr. Phuchong also spoke of the discovery of ballot papers on the roadside in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, saying he had received such a report and that the papers were indeed genuine ballot papers. He believed the ballots might have been taken from an election station in the vicinity of where they were apparently dumped.