Police mobilize forces for Bangkok governor race


BANGKOK, 29 January 2013  The Metropolitan Police Bureau has prepared more than 10,000 police officers to provide security on the 2013 gubernatorial election day while the officers have been instructed to be impartial. 

National Police Spokesman Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya Uthayo said the police forces would be dispatched to more than 6,000 polling stations across Bangkok, or two officers for each station, on the election day, March 3. Apart from the forces from the Metropolitan Police Bureau, police investigators, rapid response units and traffic police will also be deployed to help maintain order.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau has also requested the police headquarters for a reinforcement of 4,000 officers, who will be trained for their tasks to provide security and prevent infringements of election laws.

Meanwhile, the police commissioner-general has issued a written order to all police officers to be impartial and avoid doing anything, in a direct or indirect way, that could benefit or cause trouble to the election candidates. Any officer who is reported to show bias will face disciplinary action.