Red-shirts to monitor governor poll
- Published: 11/01/2013 at 04:14 PM
- Online news:
The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will set up a team of red-shirts to monitor the Bangkok governor election scheduled for early March, to ensure a fair and transparent poll.
Speaking at a press conference at Imperial Lat Phrao Shopping Centre on Friday, UDD chairwoman Tida Tawornseth said the group would be set up soon.
Members of the group would be responsible for monitoring the election to prevent any possible fraud, just as the UDD had successfully achieved in the July 2011 general election, she said.
About 10,000 red-shirt volunteers would be required for this mission, she added. Bangkok’s 50 districts would be divided into 10 zones, with 1,000 volunteers needed for monitoring the gubernatorial election in each zone.
The UDD will open applications for red-shirt volunteers this month, with training programmes for selected volunteers provided in February. Volunteers would be ready for the mission early March, Mrs Thida said.
She insisted that the red-shirt group would support the Pheu Thai Party nominee, even though it has yet to officially unveil its candidate for the top post of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
Former national police chief Pol Gen Seripisut Taemeeyaves declared several months ago that he would run for the position, hoping to gain support from police officers.
The Democrat Party has nominated former Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra for the post.
The Pheu Thai Party said its executive members will decide on the selection of its nominee on Jan 13, and will officially unveil the name of the nominee soon after that.
There is a strong possibility that Pongsapat Pongcharoen, secretary general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, will be nominated by Pheu Thai.
A former key figure of the now defunct Thai Rak Thai Party, Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, strongly supported by Pheu Thai Bangkok MPs, has announced that she would not run for the post.
Political observers believe it will be a neck and neck race between MR Sukhumbhand and Pol Gen Pongsapat.
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- Writer: Aekarach Sattaburuth