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Protesters face criminal charges

The national police bureau will pursue criminal charges to protesters who disrupted the election and on election officials who quit and walked out of polling booths, Department of Special Investigation chief Tarit Pengdith said.

The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) has instructed the police to collect evidence for the charge, Tarit said, adding that the centre was encouraging people who have evidence or recordings of protesters conducting criminal acts to present them to the police. Tarit is also a member of CMPO.

The CMPO said the election could not be conducted smoothly due to the disruptive acts of anti-government protesters. Tarit said several actions were taken to disrupt the poll, such as protesters threatening voters, surrounding district offices, provincial halls and post offices to block delivery of ballot cards, plus election officials walking out, as well as protesters blocking polling stations.


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