A Palang Pracharat party candidate on Friday filed a complaint with technology police against a Facebook user who, she claimed, had posted a photo that could cause misunderstanding among the public.
Patcharin Sumsiripong, a candidate competing for a parliamentary seat in Constituency 2 that covers Pathum Wan, Bang Rak and Sathon went to the Technology Crime Supression Division accompanied by Puttipong Punnakanta, an executive member of the party.
They handed over copies of photos allegedly posted by “Thanit Wor” on his Facebook page. The photos appeared to show an election manual distributed by the Election Commission (EC), together with Patcharin’s introductory election card. The photo caption, which has triggered the complaint, said he (Thanit Wor) had received the manual and the card together.
“It’s not true that the EC distributed the manual together with Patcharin’s election card,” Puttipong said. “[Thanit Wor’s] posting and caption [were] intended to create misunderstanding and confusion among the public that the EC was not neutral by helping the Phalang Pracharat candidate.”
“Thanit Wor” appears to live outside Thailand and is a strong supporter of a political party competing in the March 24 nation election, said Puttipong. He believes that “Thanit Wor” was part of a campaign to discredit Phalang Pracharat.
Puttipong’s party has Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as its sole candidate for the premiership.
Patcharin told reporters that her party has no policy to quarrel with any political party, but this had happened many times without her responding. “However now it is time for me to protect my rights. I wish to ask that group of people to stop doing such things. Those who want to share this kind of information should use their best judgement.