Kamphaeng Phet provincial election commission chief said Thursday that the commission was legally bound to file charges against two eight-year old children who were caught tearing up list of eligible voters in Chanuwornlak Buri district on July 16 although there were unaware that their act was illegal.
Hence, the provincial EC lodged a formal complaint against the two kids with Chanuwornlak Buri district police as a matter of formality, said Mr Surapong Thanasangnuchit, the provincial EC chief.
Meanwhile, Pol Maj-Gen Damrong Petpong, commander of Kamphaeng Phet provincial police, said however that the two children would be exempted from punishment because they are minor and also because they were unaware that tearing up the voters’ list was an offence.
He said that he had instructed police to handle the case closely to make sure that the two children are taken good care of.
Regarding Pol Colonel Itthi Chamnanmore, the superintendent of Chanuwornlak Buri district police, who was abruptly removed from his post and transferred to an inactive post at the 6th provincial police bureau, Pol Maj-Gen Damrong explained that the colonel was faulted for negligence of duty for his failure to report two children’s case to the National Police Office.
The case however went public in the social media.