Peace-keeping centres set up to ensure peaceful and transparent referendum


The government has set up peace-keeping centres across the country starting July 1 to ensure that the August 7 referendum is held in a free, fair and transparent manner.


Government spokesman Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said that the setting up of the peace-keeping centres at provincial and district levels was in response to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha’s intention for the referendum to be held on schedule without cheatings and without any attempt to obstruct the referendum so that the people can make their own judgement on how to vote.

Provincial and district officials assigned to work at the peace-keeping centres have been told to strictly enforce the law and to carry out their three main assignments which include mapping out plans to cope with untoward incidents during the leadup to the referendum, during and after the referendum, gathering intelligence about distortions of the draft charter and disruptions of the referendum and measures to cope with an unrest situation.

Provincial governors will head the centres at their respective provinces while district officers will lead the district-level centres.

The centres will sum up reports to the government in three periods: pre-referendum from July 1-August 6; during the referendum on August 7 and post-referendum from August 8-10 or until the situation has returned to normal.