Police to deploy 100,000 officers to secure polling stations

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BANGKOK, 9 June 2011 – About 100,000 police officers will be deployed to safeguard polling stations across the country during the upcoming 3 July general election, according to the Royal Thai Police. 

National Police Adviser Police General Pongsapat Pongjaroen affirmed that the police are ready to secure all polling stations across the country. He added that the Phra Khanong-Bangna Constituency in Bangkok has lately been included in the list of fierce political rivalry zones.

Pol-Gen Pongsapat also reported that a total of 268 MP candidates from 11 political parties have demanded protection from the police thus far.

Moreover, 1,158 election posters have been destroyed while most of the wrongdoers were teens; however, no political parties were found involved in the case. Parents hence have been asked to take care of their children as well as give them a warning about the issue.

Regarding a statement by Deputy Prime Minister overseeing security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban on movements of gunslingers in Kanchanaburi Province, the police advisor said no clear movements have been found yet; however, an investigative team is dispatched to the area for inspection.