'Covid booths' for city election

'Covid booths' for city election

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul plans to appoint separate or socially distanced facilities for those infected with Covid-19 to cast their votes for Bangkok governor.

Mr Anutin said the Disease Control Department will work with the Election Commission (EC) to outline Covid-19 measures in polling stations to allow everyone to exercise their votes while ensuring they prevent Covid-19 spreading to others.

"Everyone has the right to vote. We must not close this opportunity because of their sickness or lack of vaccination," he said.

They will likely be separate voting booths within each polling station for those with the virus, he said.

When asked if people are required to take an antigen test before going to the polling stations, Mr Anutin said these days anyone can take an ATK test by themselves anytime.

However, if the result is positive on election day, they should inform staff before entering the booth, he added.

The plan is in line with the government's policy to announce Covid-19 as an endemic disease in the near future.

Meanwhile, a Bangkok governor candidate from the Move Forward Party (MFP) has revealed a plan to introduce more passenger boat services to facilitate commuters in Thon Buri.

Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, the candidate, and Thanyathorn Dhaninwattanathorn, the same party's Bangkok councillor candidate for Chom Thong, boarded a boat in that district to see if a public boat project connecting Bangkok Yai, Bangkok Noi and Chak Phra canals is feasible.

The boat service would connect commuters to the BTS Skytrain at Wutthakat Station for accelerated travel to inner Bangkok, said Mr Wiroj.

He plans to use electric boats to reduce air and noise pollution. He said the boat service would also stimulate tourism in the area.

Meanwhile, Democrat Bangkok governor candidate Suchatvee Suwansawat and Pinyo Pomsathit, Bangkok councillor candidate for Bang Phlat district, met vendors at Wat Ruak market.

Mr Suchatvee said he would promote cleaner markets and support vendors to have established places where they can sell their goods daily.

He said he also wants to have free tap water for vendors at every market. Property owners who use their vacant land to set up local markets could enjoy reduced land taxes, he pledged.

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