EC: People can remove city governor
- Published: 24/01/2013 at 03:13 PM
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The people of Bangkok can seek the removal from office of a city governor who fails to fulfil promises made during the election campaign, Bangkok's election committee chairman Taweesak Toochinda said on Thursday.
Pol Lt-Gen Taweesak was referring to Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva's observations that Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, the Pheu Thai Party'candidate in the March 3 guberrnatorial election, might have breached the election law by saying in his campaign speeches that he would seek to provide bus and boat services free of charge and lower the rental of vending stalls at Chatuchak weekend market.
Mr Abhisit said Pol Gen Pongsapat's campaign promises might not be within the jurisdiction of the Bangkok governor.
Pol Lt-Col Taweesak said nobody had filed a complaint with the Bangkok election committee over this matter.
However, under the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Act the BMA has the jurisdiction to carry out 26 types of work, one of which concerns the transport system.
One of the promises made by Pol Gen Pongsapat concerned the transport system. The only thing he should do is to clearly explain to the public how he would do as he said, Pol Lt-Gen Taweesak said.
On Pol Gen Pongsapat's pledge to coordinate work between the BMA and the government and do away with the line dividing them, Pol Lt-Gen Taweesak said in chapter 8 of the BMA Act there are provisions allowing this.
Such provisions include the requirement for the government to allocate a budget to support the BMA.
Moreover, the interior minister is authorised to supervise the BMA.
Pol Lt-Gen Taweesak Bangkok people should know that under Article 52 of the BMA regulations they have the power to submit a petition to remove from office any Bangkok governor who fails to fulfil his or her promises made during the election campaign.
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