11 July 2024

Candidates for Bangkok Governor campaigned in various areas of the capital yesterday (Sunday), gearing up for gubernatorial and council elections on May 22nd, the first in nine years.

Candidate No. 4

Suchatvee Suwansawat of the Democrat Party, along with former Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin and city councillor candidates campaigned at Suan Luang Rama 9 in Prawet district on Sunday morning, meeting people who had come to exercise in the public park.

Suchatvee said that his policy is to increase green spaces in Bangkok, which will be split into three phases. The first would be improvements to the existing public parks, including the building of running tracks and exercise equipment.

The second would be turning wasteland and other unused land into “pocket parks”.

The third would be a long-term project to hire professional tree surgeons to nurture large trees in the capital, as well as cooperating with the private land owners who wish to consign their unused land to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to turn into green spaces.

Candidate No. 11

Sita Diwari of the Thai Sang Thai party, along with party leader Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, campaigned at Prachaniwet 1 Market in Chatuchak district.

The candidate talked to vendors and discovered that their businesses have not returned to normal as they do not have enough funds, with many of them hoping that they would receive more support from the government. Sita vowed that he will implement credit funds to help small vendors.

Later, Sita and his team campaigned at the Central Ladprao shopping mall, where veteran Thai actor, Yuranunt Pamornmontri, aka “Sam”, also helped campaign for Sita.

Candidate No. 7

Former senator and independent candidate Rosana Tositrakul, campaigned at Srinagarind Railway Night Market, or Talad Rot Fai, in the Makkasan area to meet locals on Sunday morning.

Rosana reiterated her policy to stop corruption, so that the budget can be used effectively for the people. She also vowed to listen to the people’s needs and to solve issues to improve the quality of life and the local economy.

Candidate No. 3

Sakoltee Phattiyakul, campaigned in Bangkok Noi district and markets in the Thonburi area on Sunday, as he vowed to continue his campaign to gain support from undecided voters.

The former deputy Bangkok governor campaigned at several fresh markets across Bangkok recently, including Wat Sai Floating Market and Chom Thong Market on Thursday.

He said that, if he’s elected as the new Bangkok Governor, he would create more awareness of the cultures of local communities and enhance such locations as tourism spots to attract foreign travellers.

Candidate No. 1

Move Forward party candidate Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, also campaigned in the Thonburi area, particularly in Bangkok Yai, Thonburi and Khlong San districts, to meet the residents. He vowed to “reopen” the city to improve the local economy, which has been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While visiting the area along the Bangkok Yai Canal, Wiroj announced that reopening the city will help locals return to their normal lives safely.

He vowed to speed up the provision of 9 million vaccine booster shots. He also demanded transparent information as to whether there is enough medication and available hospital beds to ensure that severe COVID-19 cases can receive appropriate treatment.

Candidate No. 6

Former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, took to a stage at Benchasiri Park on Sunday evening, where he vowed to solve the ongoing problems for the people of Bangkok, whether it be the congested traffic, pavements or city flooding.

He admitted that there are still many issues he did not manage to fix during his time as the governor, due to “several factors”, but committed to continue where he left off if he gets elected.

Candidate No. 8

Former Transport Minister and leading candidate in surveys Chadchart Sittipunt also visited several communities in Ram Intra area and Bueng Kum district on Saturday, where he campaigned on his policies of improving the city for all.

Such policies include allowing citizens to set a budget, both for the district office and the BMA and to give power to citizens in deciding what needs to be fixed, so that the projects can be implemented.