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Army ranger nabbed for taking picture of marked ballots in Kanchanaburi


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

AN ARMY RANGER was arrested for taking a picture of his ballots after marking them during today’s (May 7) advance polling in Kanchanaburi, police said.

The 35-year-old ranger, only identified as Jetsada, was caught taking the picture of his ballots with his cellphone after he had cast his votes on them at a polling unit in Constituency 1, mostly covering the capital district of the western province.

Jetsada told the police he had had no idea it was against the law to take a picture of a marked ballot and that he had merely intended to keep it as a “reminder” of his first time ever going to the poll, the police said.

If found guilty as charged, the suspected violator of the election law may be subject to a maximum of one year in jail or a maximum of 20,000 baht in fine or both.

Former Palang Pracharath MP/retired army general Somchai Wisanuwong who is currently seeking re-election under the Bhumjaithai banners has reportedly emerged as top favourite to win one of the five constituencies of Kanchanaburi.

The western constituency covers the Ninth Infantry Division where tens of thousands of army soldiers and their dependents are eligible voters.


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