The Democrat Party has already announced it will field MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra, the current Bangkok governor, to contest the upcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election battle on Feb 17.
Although the Pheu Thai Party has not announced its candidate yet, it is no secret that Pheu Thai will use the same old strategy it has resorted to before _ field no one under the Pheu Thai banner but give unofficial party support to an independent candidate, someone like Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, deputy national police chief and secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).
The Democrat Party has dominated Bangkok gubernatorial elections since 2004, with Apirak Kosayothin winning two consecutive terms followed by MR Sukhumbhand Paripatra. Pheu Thai's (and its predecessors') favoured candidates have come second every time.
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