Thailand Nationwide ban on alcohol this weekend before elections.
PHUKET: — The sale of alcohol will be banned throughout Phuket this weekend ahead of the polls opening for the absentee and early voting on Sunday, Phuket Police Commander Pekad Tantipong has confirmed to the Phuket Gazette.
“The sale of alcohol will be prohibited from 6pm on June 25 [Saturday night] through to midnight on June 26 [Sunday night],” Maj Gen Pekad said.
“We will have police teams checking whether shops adhere to the ban,” he added.
The ban is nationwide as people across the country who cannot travel home for the July 3 election cast their ballots early.
Patong Police Superintendent Arayapan Pukbuakao explained that the ban would be very similar to what is planned for the July 3 election day, the only difference being that candidates will still be allowed to campaign during early voting.
“All bars in Patong can stay open and sell food, but there must be no alcohol sales at all,” he added.
In Phuket Constituency 1, which comprises all of Muang District except for Rassada and Koh Kaew subdistricts, 1,008 people have registered for advance voting, which will take place at Phuket City Hall on Narisorn Rd in Phuket Town on June 26.
In Phuket Constituency 2, a total of 669 people have registered for advance voting that will take place at Phranangsang School in Thalang on the same day.
There are 110,135 eligible voters in Phuket Constituency 1 and 113,986 eligible voters in Phuket Constituency 2, according to the election commission.
Thailand burns 6 tons of contraband drugs, worth 7.4 billion Thai Baht
BANGKOK, June 25 – Thailand on Friday burned nearly six tonnes — 5,844kg — of illegal drugs, worth an estimated Bt7.4 billion on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Day.
Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit presided over the incineration of drugs for international anti-drug day, which falls on June 26. Thailand’s 39th burning of the proscribed drugs in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Office of the Narcotics Control Board.
Burned at the Bangpa-in Industrial Estate on Friday, the illegal drugs included nearly two tonnes (1,997kg or 22 million pills) of methamphetamines, 248kg of heroin, 23kg of crystal methamphetamine (ice), about 8kg of ecstasy, 7kg of cocaine, 72kg of opium, 56kg of codeine, and 3.5 tonnes ( 3,418kg) marijuana.
The drugs were incinerated at high temperatures (over 850 degrees Celcius) which causes no air pollution.
From Oct 1 last year to April 4 this year nearly 55,000 drug addicts received treatment, the minister said. Most, he said, some 83 per cent, were addicted to methamphetamines.
Of all addicts receiving treatment, one-third are young people aged 18-24 years. The minister expressed concern regarding the next younger group aged 7-17, as the numbers in this group tend to rise. (MCOT online news)
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