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Go home and vote, or lose some civic rights, warns Phuket election office

Go home and vote, or lose some civic rights, warns Phuket election office

PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Election Commission (PEC) has issued a notice “reminding” Phuket non-natives to go back to their hometown to vote in the upcoming for Provincial Administration Organisation (PAO, or OrBoJor) elections to be held nationwide on Dec 20 – as there will be no advance or distance voting held.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 28 November 2020, 10:00AM

The notice issued by the Phuket office of the Election Commission of Thailand. Image: PEC

The notice issued by the Phuket office of the Election Commission of Thailand. Image: PEC

Those who are unable to travel home to the constituency where they are registered to vote on the election day must provide written notice to their home District Office explaining why they are unable to vote, the PEC explained in its notice.

Voting is compulsory in Thailand. Failure to do so will result in the loss of several rights, such as to run as candidates in future elections and to serve as village or tambon chiefs (Phu Yai Baan and Kamnan, respectively).

Those unable to vote must submit a form to their home District Office explaining their reason for being unable to vote. The form must be submitted within seven days before the election day, or within seven days after the election, the PEC explained.

In accordance with election law, explained the PEC, those who do not submit a written explanation for not voting will be no longer to be entitled to:

1) Register as a candidate for election as an MP, senator, PPAO President or PPAO Concillor

2) Register as a candidate for election as a community leader (Phu Yai Ban and Kamnan)

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3) Sign a petition calling for the removal of a local administrative president or council member

4) Hold the position of an administrative official

5) Hold the position of deputy chief, secretary, assistant for secretary or advisor of a local government chief

6) Hold the position of secretary, assistant for secretary of the local government council president.

Of note, there are no other penalties – including fines – that can be enforced by law for not voting.

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Jor12 | 30 November 2020 - 12:39:58

k...nope unfortunately I still have no idea what you are complaining about.  If you are advocating distance voting this is what the article is about.

Kurt | 30 November 2020 - 10:02:46

Jor12,  I was advocating advanced/distance voting. Did you not read that?  ( 28 Nov. 13:20 hrs)

Jor12 | 30 November 2020 - 03:27:50

k...if you are not advocating advance voting for citizens, what exactly is it that you're complaining about then? Draconian laws or the ability or inability to vote?   

DeKaaskopp | 29 November 2020 - 19:15:50

@Kurt  "No providings for you"? You mean you don't have access to water,electricity ? No access to a decent road or to some health services ? No one coming  regularly to collect your trash ?Wow, you must live in a mountain cave then. Far away from any civilization.

Kurt | 29 November 2020 - 13:12:57

Jor12, Once again, don't keep drumming, trying to brain wash readers to believe that I want  Government to provide me 'everything'.  I do not ask Government anything for myself. Can you comprehend that, or not? And as being a foreigner there are anyway no 'providings' for me. You should know that. End of discussion.

Jor12 | 29 November 2020 - 04:13:28

K...why should you bother. It doesn't affect you.  As you want the government to provide everything for you, why not advocate the Government provide transport for people to vote in their constituency?

ThorFinger | 28 November 2020 - 20:45:39

Threats on democracy. Thailand, you are a joke.  Surely there's some intelligent people who can enter politics? Or is it just so pointless?

Kurt | 28 November 2020 - 13:20:21

A lot of forms will be submitted this year. Reasons? 1: I have no job my financial status not allow me to travel home town 1300 km v.v.  2: I work as staff in a skeleton hotel crew setting. Receive only 62% of my salary, hotel can't miss me now to travel and be away 3-4 days for voting for people I don't know. Specially this year there should be advance/distance voting! Why not? 


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