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Alcohol sales prohibited during early voting and election days

Alcohol sales prohibited during early voting and election days

BANGKOK: To avoid unnecessary incidents or complications, alcohol sales will be banned throughout Thailand on the day of early voting and Election Day next month, it was confirmed yesterday (Apr 26).

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Thursday 27 April 2023, 11:26AM

Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

Alcohol sales and distribution will be forbidden from 6:00pm on May 6 until 6:00pm on May 7, and from 6:00pm on May 13 until 6:00pm on May 14.

The ban applies to everyone living in the country and violating it can result in a prison sentence of six months or a fine of up to B10,000, or both, reports NNT.

Authorities also urged voters to familiarise themselves with the rules for the next election in order to avoid unintentional violations, such as photographing a marked ballot paper or taking a ballot paper out of a voting station.

Among those on the list are buying or selling votes, purposely destroying ballot papers, and stopping eligible voters from voting. Violators will face harsh penalties for breaking the law.

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Jor12 | 07 May 2023 - 14:23:32

Kurt...take some time to consider your posts. "odd" matters; "tea money" ; reasons for alcohol ban. They are just plain bizzare, without a factual basis and rude.

Kurt | 07 May 2023 - 09:19:17

Dek and clan mates have it on the front of the tongue: ..'Move somewhere else..  They overlook that press writes about odd matters, corrupt cartels, powers, and matters. And invite readers to comment. To react with:'move somewhere else', is shallow in thinking and the repeats of it are boring.'No where in the world it is perfect, but Thailand is 'special'.

agogohome | 30 April 2023 - 10:02:44

So they'll be no 500 baht handouts outside polling stations, this time?

DeKaaskopp | 28 April 2023 - 15:47:04

@Kurt   Do you think Thailand is the only country where there is an alcohol ban on /before election day ? Nothing to do with show of power or that Thai people are children and need to be controlled. How about to accept for once some rules here and just keeping your mouth shut. Or simply move somewhere else !

Kurt | 28 April 2023 - 13:16:27

The expression 'tea money' comes from: ... RTP collect money from bars to keep eyes closed of the fact that bars sell alcohol in tea pots and tea cups/mugs. Same as with 'brown envelopes',which are lesser brown that the RTP uniforms. Hilarious, it is.

Kurt | 28 April 2023 - 12:59:50

As we know that whole alcohol sales and distribution forbidding is just a legitime show of power to keep population reminded who are ruling. A opera show that thai people are children and need to be controlled for their own good.
So funny, so passed times thing.

JohnC | 28 April 2023 - 09:09:16

So even those HiSos who are running for election are going to abstain? Why do I find that impossible to believe.To be fair, voting for these clowns you need a gut full to stomach what you are doing. Haha

maverick | 28 April 2023 - 08:46:26

The primary objective is to prevent the voting public from drinking alcohol around elections tourists will always find a way round it with the collaboration of helpful bar owners - really don’t see what the issue is - c’est la vie 

DeKaaskopp | 27 April 2023 - 15:44:34

Looks like you had a few  cappuccino to much already today.

Kakka2 | 27 April 2023 - 14:29:12

the should say alcohol sales in normal glasses will be banned...that way at least they could safe the face.... i already see everyone drinking our of cappucino mug all day long in patong ..LOL  what a pointeles regulation... TIT


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