Lesser-known Bangkok governor candidates have lamented being neglected by the media and pollsters and accused poll officials of treating them unfairly.
Three independent candidates running in the Bangkok governor election—from left, Waranchai Chokechana, Chamras Inthumarn and Sumet Tantanasirikul—chat together after taping a television show on Channel 5 in which they were invited to present their policies and their visions. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD
Three low-profile candidates _ Waranchai Chokechana, Chamras Inthumarn and Sumet Tantanasirikul _ explained their policies and aired their gripes during Channel 5's Hardcore Khao news programme yesterday.
Mr Sumet, candidate No.8 from the Krungthep Pattana Group, said low-profile candidates were at a disadvantage because they were ignored by reporters and pollsters.
Of the 24 governor candidates, 19 have been labelled as mai pradap (decorative plants), or unimportant candidates.
Mr Sumet complained the minnow candidates were being treated as second class by election staff.
"For example, on candidate registration day, officials allowed the famous candidates to bring their supporters and campaigners inside the registration area, while less popular candidates were not allowed to do so," he said.
He would petition the Election Commission over what he said was this unfair treatment by the registration staff.
Mr Waranchai, a six-time Bangkok governor candidate, said solving the city's traffic problems was his top priority if he wins the election. He would also push for the election of district chiefs.
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