18 candidates register to run for Bangkok governor on first day
- Published: 21/01/2013 at 05:37 PM
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BANGKOK - A total of 18 people entered their names to run in the March 3 election for the job of Bangkok governor when candidacy registration opened on Monday.
Sixteen candidates registered at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration before office hours so they could get in the queue early to draw a number for the order in which they will later draw a candidate number for the ballot paper.
Former Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra, who will run for reelection under the opposition Democrat Party banner, drew number 16.
His main rival Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen from the ruling Pheu Thai Party got No 9.
Pol Gen Pongsapat was the last person to take the draw so he got the only remaining number. The number nine is considered lucky by many Thais.
Only MR Sukhumbhand and Pol Gen Pongsapat are running under the banner of a political party. The others are all standing as independent candidates.
Suharit Siamwalla and Nannapas Kosaikanont arrived at CityHall to register later in the day.
The last day for candidacy registration is Jan 25.
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(Photos by Apichit Jinakul and Thanarak Khoonton)
The order in which the registered candidates will later draw for ballot paper numbers:
1. Wila Udom
2. Waranchai Chokchana
3. Capt Metta Temchamnan
4. Sophon Pornchokchai
5. Samit Samithnand
6. Sanhapot Suksrimuang
7. Natdanai Phubetatthawit
8. Sumeth Tanthanasirikul
9. Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen
10. Kosit Suvinitjit
11. Pol Gen Sereepisuth Temeeyaves
12. Jongjit Hirunlabh
13. Wasin Pirom
14. Pratheep Watcharachokkasem
15. Chamras Intumas
16. MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra
17. Suharit Siamwalla
18. Nannapas Kosaikanont
The Bangkok Election Committee has a 49 million baht budget for this election, up from 39 million baht spent in running the last city gubernatorial election, in 2009, when 4.15 million eligible voters cast their ballots and the voter turnout was 51.1%.
Brief profiles of key candidates:
MR Sukhumbhand, 60, is a core member of the opposition Democrat Party who is campaigning for re-election on the slogan: "Love Bangkok, make Bangkok a metropolis for all." He has previously served as deputy foreign minister, and was elected the 15th Bangkok governor in 2009.
Pol Gen Pongsapat, 57, now a Pheu Thai member, served as deputy police chief and secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board nefore resignig to run for governor. His campaign slogan of "working with the government seamlessly" suggests he plans to zero in on what he sees as MR Sukhumbhand's failure to work closely with the Pheu Thai-led administration.
Mr Suharit, 46, is a singer, musician and a well-known disc jockey for Fat Radio 104.5FM. He is also managing director of DHA Siamwalla Ltd which is his family's business, distributing stationary items under the Elephant brand. He also presents a product in a commercial aired on television nationwide.
He launched his campaign via social media in August last year. His slogan is "Superb Bangkok, surprising Bangkok with Suharit."
Mr Kosit, 53, is formerly owner of several media companies including Media of Medias Co and Spring News channel. He is also former adviser to several cabinet ministers and has strong connections with several politicians.
He resigned from all positions in media companies before joining the race for City Hall. His slogan is to provide 24-hour service and safety for Bangkok people.
Pol Gen Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, 64, is a former national police chief who is also known as “Na Kae Hero” from his time fighting the communists in Nakhon Panom province. Na Kae is a district in Nakhon Panom.
He was the national police chief under the late Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and was removed from office position to open the way for his successor.
Pol Gen Sereepisuth aims to ask people to help change Bangkok and bring eternal happiness to Bangkok people.
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