The Democrat Party has cautioned voters against supporting independent candidates in the election for Bangkok governor, saying it would be "a waste of votes".
CANDIDATES FINGERED: A visually impaired person tests a Braille ballot at the Bangkok School for the Blind in Ratchathewi district yesterday ahead of next week’s Bangkok governor election.
Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, key party members and MPs went on stage yesterday to address the public during a major election campaign rally in front of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
Deputy Democrat leader Korn Chatikavanij said all the combined votes for independent candidates would not see any of them win the election.
He said votes for independent candidates should not go to waste.
Only MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra, the Democrat Party's Bangkok governor candidate, and Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen of the Pheu Thai Party stood a chance of winning, Mr Korn said.
He said even though MR Sukhumbhand is a Democrat member, he can work independently and not be a puppet controlled by the party.
Jurin Laksanavisit, also a deputy party leader, said if the ruling Pheu Thai Party's candidate won the poll, the BMA would be run without a system of checks and balances, making it possible for the government to interfere in the BMA.
MR Sukhumbhand admitted that Bangkok residents did not know what he did for them partly because he did not publicise his efforts during his four-year stint as governor.
He said if he gets re-elected and continues and completes the work left unfinished, he will be happy to talk more about it.
He said what made him sad during his tenure as Bangkok governor was the burning of buildings in the capital during the 2010 political violence and the 2011 flooding.
Mr Abhisit said the voters must decide whether to choose politicians who care for the well-being of the people or politicians who covet power.
He said the populist policies of the Pheu Thai Party are sowing the seeds of future problems and that the people must reject political marketing ploys.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday helped Pol Gen Pongsapat canvass for votes on the Thon Buri side of Bangkok.
About the author
- Writer: Post Reporters