Bangkok: The government has started setting up centres at provincial and district levels nationwide to ensure the Aug 7 referendum on the new charter runs smoothly.
Government spokesman Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the centres, the first of which were opened on Friday, were responsible for emergency planning, monitoring the situation and setting up checkpoints.
A crucial order was announced yesterday to facilitate the opening of the centres after there were movements by politicians ahead of the referendum process.
Sansern said the centres would seek information on activity that caused commotion, distorted the charter draft’s content or violated the referendum law, as well as handle matters in line with the public assembly Bill.
The centres are run by the Interior Ministry with provincial branches directed by governors and district branches handled by local officials, Sansern added.
The centres will deliver executive reports in the pre-referendum phase from now until Aug 6 and then in the postreferendum phase from Aug 8 to 10 or until the situation settles. — The Nation / Asia News Network
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