Bangkok governor election on March 3
The election to decide the next Bangkok governor will be held on March 3 and candidate registration has been set for Jan 21 to 25.
- Published: 14/01/2013 at 05:44 PM
- Newspaper section: news
Pol Lt-Gen Taweesak Tuchinda, chairman of the Bangkok election committee, said on Monday the candidates can register from Jan 21 to 25 between 8.30am and 4.30pm at City Hall's Rattanakosin Room.
The committee's decision on the election date will be forwarded to the city clerk for approval on Monday.
He said all candidates are required to strictly comply with the election law to avoid legal cases being filed against them.
The candidates should avoid making false allegations against one another and must not cite the monarchy in their election campaigns.
The Election Commission allows the candidates to campaign on all kinds of social media but they will be monitored by the Special Branch police for possible offences against the cyber crime law.
MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra, left, and Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen (File photos)
Meanwhile, Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen confirmed that he will apply for Pheu Thai membership, after the government party's executive committee on Sunday unanimously selected him as its candidate for the Bangkok governor election.
Pol Gen Pongsapat had a meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House on Monday morning to inform her that he has agreed to run for city governor and later submitted a letter of resignation as deputy police chief and Office of the Narcotics Control Board secretary-general.
Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparait said Pol Gen Pongsapat's candidacy will be officially announced after the party meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Prompong said the team of deputy governors will be announced later because the party will have to discuss it with Pol Gen Pongsapat first.
MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra, former Bangkok governor from the opposition Democrat Party and Pol Gen Pongsapat's main rival, kicked off his campaign at in Yaowarat, the capital's Chinatown.
MR Sukhumbhand, who is a former four-time MP of Yaowarat, said he wanted to make Bangkok both economic and cultural hubs for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
He said he would fill a gap in an area "inaccessible" to the government by supporting small business owners in the service sector to play a more important role in materialising the hub plan.
"It's time for Bangkokians to have a shared goal of making the city the centre of Asean and Yaowarat as the region's main Chinatown which attracts worldwide visitors and generates revenue for people in the neighbourhood and other parts of Bangkok," the Democrat member said.
"I will develop Yaowarat as Asean's Chinatown, promote cultural diversity and provide clean food with high sanitary standards. I will also put electricity poles underground."
Among other initiatives, he said, traffic and tourist signs should have multiple foreign languages, as should menus in food shops. He said businesses of all sizes must be supported so that they can contribute to stimulating the economy and become a new Chinatown model for the Asean Economic Community (AEC).
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