Bangkok's governor-elect Sukhumbhand Paribatra has pledged the city's residents will see the results of his initiatives within a year.
Meanwhile, his vanquished rival Pongsapat Pongcharoen hopes to return to the posts he gave up to run for office.
MR Sukhumbhand said yesterday he would expedite urgent projects and follow up on schemes launched during his first term as governor. He promised the public would see results within one year.
These include construction of public parks in Bang Bon, Bang Kae and Bang Khen districts, which have already started; the installation of 27,000 surveillance cameras; construction of three flood drainage tunnels; improvement of drainage systems; and installation of firefighting equipment in high-rise buildings.
Pol Gen Pongsapat said he hoped to return to the police force and resume his roles in solving problems related to traffic congestion, drugs and crime.
Justice Minister Pracha Promnok said yesterday Pol Gen Pongsapat's former position of secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board remained vacant and his reinstatement could be considered once he returns to the police service.
Pol Gen Pongsapat resigned from the posts of deputy national police chief and secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board to run for governor.
Pol Maj Gen Piya Uthayo, spokesman of the Royal Thai Police Office, said the constitution, electoral law and a cabinet resolution permitted the reinstatement of any government official who resigned to run in an election.
He said Pol Gen Pongsapat must seek reinstatement within 30 days of the Election Commission announcing the official results of the governor race.
National police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew has told subordinates to handle a reinstatement request from Pol Gen Pongsapat quickly if it is filed.
However, appointed senator Somchai Sawaengkan said in his view the Pheu Thai candidate should continue with his political career as he received over 1 million votes in Sunday's election.
The senator called on the government to investigate a report that over 1,000 names of police from Provincial Police Regions 1 (covering the area around Ayutthaya) and 4 (covering the area around Khon Kaen) were listed as eligible voters in Bangkok. The same report claimed 7,000 names of the dead were also listed as eligible voters.
Mr Somchai urged polling organisations to keep from serving the interests of specific politicians. The results of several surveys turned out to be wrong, with most predicting a win for Pol Gen Pongsapat.
Election commissioner Prapun Naigowit said the governor race resulted in the highest voter turnout of 63.98% with MR Sukhumbhand receiving the highest voter total yet of 1,256,349 votes.
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