The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has blamed opponents of the government for stepping up disorder ahead of the draft charter referendum following the destruction of a copy of eligible voters’ lists in the North over the weekend. NCPO spokesman Piyapong Klinpan said that the destruction of the lists put up on a notice board was unprecedented. It was not an act of sabotage between conflicting political parties or persons but an act against the government who was inviting people to cast their votes in the Aug 7 charter referendum. “It is believed that it was an act of those with different stances from the government’s,” Col Piyapong said.
He was referring to the destruction of a copy of eligible voters’ lists at a poll booth in Wachirasan Sueksa School in tambon Salokbat of Khanu Woralaksaburi district on Saturday. Local officials earlier suspected drunk men or teenage motorcyclists who were there at that time.
Col Piyapong said the destruction of voters’ lists, letters containing lies about the content of the draft charter, and false information in social media about the draft and the referendum were orchestrated by the parties which were losing their interests.
The NCPO spokesman also referred to the accusations via Facebook and Line networks that their online privacy might be breached if people checked their referendum-voting rights at the website www.khonthai.com of the Department of Provincial Administration.