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Ministry announces two-day alcohol ban for July national election

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A man rides past a karaoke parlour, known locally as KTV. KTVs are among entertainment venues ordered to close on July 22-23. Heng Chivoan

Ministry announces two-day alcohol ban for July national election

The Ministry of Tourism has announced a prohibition on the sale and consumption of alcohol for two days from July 22 to 23, when the country holds the national election.

The notice, signed by minister Thong Khon on May 16, said the ban aims to prevent social disorder and ensure that the July 23 election runs smoothly in a free, fair and just atmosphere without threats, violence or any form of intimidation.

“The owners or managers of karaoke parlours, entertainment clubs, bars, discos and beer gardens throughout the country must suspend business activities on July 22 and 23,” he said.

He added that all restaurants must also suspend the sale of alcohol for the two-day period.

“The directors of tourism department across the country must circulate these instructions,” he said.

Yong Kim Eng, president of the People’s Centre for Development and Peace, noted on May 16 that the ban is standard practice during every election.

“I think it’s a good thing because it reduces risks to security and order that may affect the electoral process, which is very important,” he said, adding that the ban is important and authorities must enforce it.


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