The Democrat Party will launch a massive gathering of its political branches from all over Thailand at the Royal Plaza on Saturday to promote MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra as its candidate for Bangkok governor.
All the party's MPs, Bangkok and district councillors, provincial and tambon administrative organisation chiefs, mayors and supporters from around the country are expected to gather for the event.
Ong-art Klampaibul, who oversees the Democrats' campaign, said caravans broadcasting messages in support of MR Sukhumbhand will be sent out on the streets of Bangkok on that day.
The gathering will begin at 6.30am.
Supporters will later re-converge in front of City Hall around 4pm to hear speeches in support of the candidate.
The gathering will be instrumental in helping Bangkok's voters decide who to vote for, Mr Ong-art said.
MR Sukhumbhand yesterday declined to comment on a poll whose respondents said they will not vote for him because he has used swear words during his campaign. The respondents also said they disliked how the former governor mentioned the 2010 political demonstrations in speeches in efforts to malign the Pheu Thai Party.
Meanwhile, Democrat MP for Songkhla Sirichok Sopha called on the election committee of Bangkok to look into violations of election law in social media.
Some pictures have been doctored to show that superstar Thongchai "Bird" McIntyre supports Pheu Thai candidate Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, he said, even though Thongchai has denied his involvement on his fan page.
Other celebrities, including actor Nadech Kugimiya and boxer Buakaw Por Pramuk, are also doctored into pictures that make it seem as if they support Pol Gen Pongsapat, he said.
Bangkok's election committee must look into the issue as many fans of the celebrities may be misled, he said.
Democrat MP for Songkhla Wirat Kalayasiri said he is suspicious of a survey of people's welfare needs, carried out by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.
He said the research focused specifically on Bangkok. The timing is suspiciopus, given that an election is looming.
People who filled out the survey's forms have been told they will receive 1,000 baht, Mr Wirat said. He believes this move will unfairly rally public support behind a specific candidate.
Evidence of irregularities in the survey will be sent to the election committee of Bangkok and the Election Commission to stop the ministry's activities, he said.
As the election nears, a Pheu Thai source said the party is forming a team of deputy governors.
The list includes former assistant to the education minister's secretary Nahathai Thewphaingam, who will be in charge of education matters, and Paweena Hongsakul, head of the Paweena Hongsakul Foundation for Children and Women. Bangkok councillor Wisut Samret will also be on the deputy list, the source added.
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