Non-voters 'bored with politics'
Boredom with politics was the main reason given by Bangkok residents who plan not to vote in the March 3 governor election, Suan Dusit Poll said on Saturday.
- Published: 9/02/2013 at 03:00 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Pollsters at Suan Dusit Rajabhat University sought opinions between Feb 4 and 8 from 414 eligible voters in Bangkok who intended not to cast ballots.
Asked why they would not vote, 35.3% said there were tired of politics, and 29.4% said they were not free or it was inconvenient to do so. Another 17.65% said they did not know which candidate to vote for or did not like any of the candidates; 11.77% believed it's a waste of time, and 5.9% said they had problems with documents.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has set a voter turnout target of 70% next month.
Only 51% of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2009 election that brought MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra to office. That vote was held just a few months after the 2008 poll won by Apirak Kosayodhin, who stepped down in the face of an investigation into fire truck procurement. The 2008 poll attracted a 54.2% voter turnout.
MR Sukhumbhand is seeking a new term but he has fallen behind in opinion polls to the Pheu Thai candidate, Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen.
When the Dusit Poll asked respondents what it would take to change their minds and get them to vote, 34.8% said more publicity campaigns on the gubernatorial election; 26.1% said voters should be told what benefits they would gain from the election; and 17.4% said celebrities should be used to encourage voters to turn out.
Slightly more than 13% said the candidates should propose new ideas, especially ways to improve people's living standards. As well, 8.7% said all candidates must run strictly in line with the rules and regulations and show their sincerity in working for Bangkok people.
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