Thailand sets up security centres, ahead of August referendum

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The Thai government has created security centres around the country in anticipation of an August referendum on a new constitution, a government spokesman said on Monday.

The new centres are the latest government measures as the country prepares to vote on a new constitution.

The draft of Thailand’s 20th constitution is to replace one scrapped after the 2014 coup, who promised stability in Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy.

The referendum, due to be held on August 7th, will be a test of the junta’s popularity since it took power.

A “Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order” has been created in all Thailand’s 76 provinces, according to Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, spokesman for the Prime Minister’s office, to ensure “no cheating, no lobbying and no persuading people to vote one way or another”.

Provincial governors will be responsible for setting up teams to join each centre including police, troops and civilians.

“We need to ensure peace during the referendum so that people can decide how our country will move forward”, Sansern told news agency Reuters.

SOURCE: Reuters via Yahoo News.

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