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Local elections bring Phuket alcohol ban

PHUKET: The sale of alcohol will be banned in Phuket from 6pm Saturday night through to 6pm Sunday night (Dec 19-20) as the island heads to the polls for its first local election since the coup of May 2014.

By The Phuket News

Monday 14 December 2020, 06:16PM

Phuket Election Commission (PEC) Director-General Passakon Siripakayapon urged people to cast their votes this Sunday (Dec 20). Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Election Commission (PEC) Director-General Passakon Siripakayapon urged people to cast their votes this Sunday (Dec 20). Photo: PR Dept

The alcohol ban is required under election laws, Phuket Election Commission (PEC) Director-General Passakon Siripakayapon said today (Dec 14). 

“So are the COVID-19 protection measures. People at the polling stations will be required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing,” he added.

“Bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues are not ordered to close,” Mr Passakon said.

“They can close, that is up to them – but the sale of alcohol is prohibited. Remember, the penalty is up to six months in prison or a fine up to B10,000, or both,” he added.

The consumption of alcohol at private homes is allowed, as long as no alcohol is sold, he added.

“Please do not break the law. If any one sees this behaviour, inform the police by calling 191 or send photos and/or a video with information to us via our Facebook page,” Mr Passakorn said.

Mr Passakon urged all eligible voters to turn out and make their votes count this Sunday, as every province in the country elects its own Provincial Administration Organisation (PAO) – meaning the ban on the sale of alcohol will be nationwide.

There will be 496 polling stations across the island open from 8am to 5pm, he noted.

Voting is compulsory in Thailand. However, there is no fine for not voting, but people must submit an official reason for not voting or stand to lose up to six citizen’s rights.

 Unlike with national elections, there has been no advance voting.

 This year the number of polling stations has been increased from 390 set up for the last local election held six years ago to reduce the number of people visiting each venue as part of the COVID-19 protection measures.

The extra efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has doubled the budget required in Phuket to hold the election to B26 million.

Registration for election candidates closed on Nov 6, with five candidates entering the race to be elected Phuket PAO President, including popular local politicians Jirayut Songyot of the Khon Baan Rao Party, Rewat Areerob of the Phuket Yatdai Party and Sorawut Palimapunt of the Phuket Progressive Movement Party.

In total, 77 people registered their candidacy for being elected to the PPAO Council.

Incumbent PPAO Acting Chief Mr Watcharin has already announced that he will not register his candidacy to contest the position of PPAO President in the upcoming PPAO election.

“So please come to exercise your rights, as people have not voted in any local elections for six years. It is a Thai democratic right to vote,” Mr Passakorn said.

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DeKaaskopp | 16 December 2020 - 11:50:10

...be better to stick with the " Dubai News" or the " Nursultan Times"?

DeKaaskopp | 16 December 2020 - 11:47:35

"..same as people like you" Good !  My friends are definitely not to find among haters and serial whinger.Or  among bearded shisha bar goers. But what is the connection between  the article and your comments ? And why you read the PN at all. They employ exactly those people you don't like !And they publish article about Thailand. A place you don't like too. Wouldn't it be bet...

LALALA | 16 December 2020 - 09:28:49

Yes DEK, I avoid Thais as I do not like them, same as people like you. And I go out but I do not wear a mask doing so, I simply patronize places where it is not required to do so, and there are a a lot.

Hermann1 | 15 December 2020 - 22:50:37

100% agree LALALA ! Hehehe .

DeKaaskopp | 15 December 2020 - 19:42:55

"  .. a guy who has obviously no friends.."  Lol .and this from the one who avoids all Thai's and doesn't go out because he don't want to wear a mask ! But it's ok, just keep driving your bearded friends to the airport. Here, in the UAE or where ever you are.

LALALA | 15 December 2020 - 17:04:00

Kurt, what you expect, its DEK, a guy who has obviously no friends as he consider asking somebody for a ride to the airport being a burden for the person he asked. 

Kurt | 15 December 2020 - 14:35:51

D, I agreed with Sandbar's comment. Allow me, without reacting on that.

DeKaaskopp | 15 December 2020 - 11:29:36

@Kurt  Must be very hard for you to accept laws/rules in Thailand. A 24 hour alcohol ban and the serial whinger is up in arms again. You should consider to relocate to find your inner peace !

Kurt | 15 December 2020 - 09:48:27

@Sandbar, agree 100% with your comment. It is repeating 'population training in obedience'. Threat people regimental like kids and let them feel with a 'ban whip' who is the boss. Indeed, encourage Thai people to betray people in this nonsense matter is a bad thing to do as a Government. A society degradation of pride and respect? Is that serving anything?

Sandbar | 15 December 2020 - 09:12:42

One wonders what the prohibited sale of alcohol on election day is all about? What is really irritating is the threatening and bullying behaviour by officials to encourage people to take videos and photos of law breakers? Of course then follows the obligatory threat of fines and imprisonment! You wonder why tourists arn't going back to Thailand. "Feedom and democracy" not "Fines...


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