February 04, 2014 00:00 By The Nation 2,893 Viewed
Eight people tore up ballots during the election on Sunday, according to the Royal Thai Police (RTP), who vowed yesterday to provide peace and order for further advance voting on February 23.
Police in Bangkok, meanwhile, have been instructed to seal entrances to rally sites better after a shooting on Sunday night in which a motorist was injured on the Thai-Japanese Friendship Bridge.
RTP deputy spokesman Pol Maj Gen Anucha Rommayanant said the eight voters who tore up ballot papers came from Bangkok (one), Chachoengsao (two), Nakhon Ratchasima (one), Si Sa Ket (one), Nakhon Pathom (two) and Samut Songkhram (one).
Police plan to provide stricter security at constituencies where polling was unable to be conducted on Sunday, as well as for advance voting on February 23, Anucha said.
Some 60 police and army checkpoints would be set up to intercept any people carrying weapons.
A total of 287 police have been admitted to the Police General Hospital since the political rallies began on October 7, he said, and six have died.
Anucha said national police deputy chief Pol General Aek Angsananont had urged city police to control routes leading to rally sites and clearly inform motorists of road closures to prevent violence. He made the comment after Prapan Phromwisit, a 33-year-old motorist, and his passenger were hurt in a shooting at 10pm on Sunday on the Thai-Japanese Friendship Bridge.
Prapan sustained slight cuts to his left ear and face from glass and his passenger sustained shoulder injury after shots were fired at the car. He reportedly told police he was heading from Sam Yan Market to his home in Klong Toei via the bridge because a rally was being held at Sala Daeng intersection. Seeing that the bridge was blocked, Prapan tried to back his car and lowered his window to signal tailing vehicles, when he heard three gunshots and bullets shattered the window. He was rushed to Theptharin Hospital for treatment before heading home. He filed a police complaint yesterday morning.
Police collected spent bullets from the scene and are checking CCTV footage of the incident, Pathumwan investigator Pol Lt-Colonel Sanchai Matkhamchan said.