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Electoral contestants not allowed to hand out roses on Valentine’s Day


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

ELECTORAL CONTESTANTS HAVE BEEN cautioned to not hand out roses on Valentine’s Day because such giveaways might probably otherwise be considered a breach to the law.

The Election Commission’s Bangkok branch director Samran Tanpanit today (Feb.13) advised against the handout of roses by those who are contesting the upcoming general election to any constituents on Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

The polling agency’s director said roses generously handed out on such special occasions could probably be considered by the authorities as a gift with commercial value given away for free in violation of the law pertaining to the election for MPs.

Electoral contestants are legally prohibited from distributing items of commercial value to anyone during the current 180-day period prior to the election date, largely speculated no later than mid-May.

However, Samran said, no electoral candidates running in Bangkok had been reported of allegedly handing out cash or items of commercial value to anyone during last month’s National Children Day or Chinese New Year season.


Top: Beautiful pink roses. Image by Couleur from Pixabay

Front Page: The Election Commission logo, left, and some roses, right. Photo: Matichon

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