Bangkok protest: 11,041 Thai voters file police complaints

BANGKOK - The Royal Thai Police yesterday announced that 11,041 voters had filed complaints, saying they had been prevented from exercising their voting rights, and 57 complaints were filed of alleged violation of election laws from January 9 to Sunday.

The agency's spokesman Pol Maj-General Piya Uthayo said assistant police chief Pol Maj-General Chaiyong Kiratikhachorn had been put in charge of dealing with voters' complaints and cases related to the Sunday election.

Of the 57 cases related to electoral law-violation, police are investigating 55, with two cases already forwarded to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Of these cases, 33 are complaints against protest leaders for blocking voters from exercising their right and 14 are complaints of alleged nonfeasance against election officials. In the remaining 10 cases, voters were accused of destroying ballots, while three shop owners were accused of violating the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages on election day until 6pm of the following day.

There were also two physical assault cases, two emergency decree violations, a defamation case as well as three cases in which suspects were accused of destroying campaign signs.