Police ready to maintain peace during advance voting

Deputy Police Commissioner Pol. Gen. Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul.
Deputy Police Commissioner Pol. Gen. Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul.

Bangkok – The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has indicated it is ready to maintain the peace and facilitate voters during the advance voting day on March 17.

Deputy Police Commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul, spoke for the police force nationwide, saying that a total of 3,000 officers will stand ready for duty this coming Sunday. The Election Commission (EC) had earlier requested support from the RTP to keep the peace and manage traffic and parking, especially in the constituencies with a large number of voters.

Pol Gen Srivara told the media that the police recently submitted its security plan to the EC for approval.

The deputy police chief also touched on the complaint made by Pheu Thai Party claiming that it has found a case of vote buying in Phayao Province, saying that it is the duty of the EC to investigate the matter.

Nonetheless, he said that a preliminary investigation did not find any irregularity. Pol Gen Srivara also denied having any knowledge pertaining to an order from the Police Commissioner-General to transfer a local provincial police chief in Phayao to the RTP headquarters in Bangkok, or a connection between the instruction and the case.