BANGKOK - Thais face jail if they campaign during Sunday's election on social media sites such as Twitter, with more than 100 police monitoring sites to make sure the law is enforced.
People will not be able to comment on any candidate or party in the election, which many hope can revitalize democracy after six years of crisis, from 6 p.m. (1100 GMT) on Saturday until midnight on Sunday when the results should be known."Any candidates and their supporters will face jail time if they are caught campaigning on social media websites on the evening before the July 3 election," said Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn, secretary-general of the Election Commission.
Offenders face a maximum six months in prison and a 10,000 baht ($330) fine. Saturday evening is a cooling-off period with all campaigning banned.
The ban includes sending short telephone texts and forwarding emails. The sale of alcohol is also banned over the same period, as normal in Thailand during elections