Thais warned to stay off Twitter -- or face jail
Thai police on Saturday warned election candidates and citizens not to use websites such as Facebook or Twitter to continue campaigning on the eve of the national vote -- or risk going to jail.
"Police will work with hundreds of ICT (information and communication technology) officials to monitor all types of social media activities after 6:00pm," said national police spokesman Major General Prawut Thavornsiri.
"Any candidates or even ordinary people who convince others to vote for someone face a six-month jail term or a 10,000-baht fine ($324) or both," he said.
Thai election law prohibits all political campaigning from 6:00 pm (1100 GMT) the day before a vote.
The ban will be lifted at midnight on Sunday. Alcohol sales are also forbidden during those hours.
Polls will be open from 8:00am Sunday until 3:00pm, with the first unofficial nationwide results expected by 9:00pm.
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