Polls tipped for Pattaya and Bangkok

Polls tipped for Pattaya and Bangkok

Local elections for Pattaya and Bangkok are expected to be proposed for later this year. The issue is expected to be forwarded to the cabinet tomorrow.

Phiphat Worasitdamrong, chairman of the association of local government officials of Thailand, wrote on his Facebook page that under the proposal, local elections in Bangkok and Pattaya and tambon administrative organisation (TAO) polls are likely to be held between Nov 8 and Dec 12.

He also shared documents related to the issue.

The Royal Gazette published the demarcation of constituencies for Pattaya city council elections and Bangkok city council elections on Aug 6 and Aug 27 respectively.

The Interior Ministry and the Election Commission met on Aug 31 to discuss preparations for the local polls and agreed that they were ready to organise the polls.

The EC will decide the election date after the cabinet approves the election plan.

The term of members and executives of TAOs, Bangkok and Pattaya expired in May 2018 but they were ordered to carry on by the now-defunct National Council for Peace and Order.

Following the 2014 coup, local polls were suspended until Dec 20 last year when the country had its first local election of Provincial Administrative Organisation.

The second local polls followed on March 28 this year with the municipal council elections.

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