Bangkok Governor Elections

Former Bangkok governor says flooding in several areas have been solved

Former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said today (Wednesday) that he has already solved the flood problems in 15 areas of the capital and would address the problems in the remaining…

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Kraidaj Bunnag

Court overrules disqualification of Kraidaj Bunnag as Bangkok gubernatorial candidate

The Central Administrative Court has overruled, on the grounds that it may not be legal, an order by the Election and Bangkok Election commissions, disqualifying candidate Kraidaj Bunnag from standing…

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Bangkok gubernatorial debate held ahead of Sunday’s elections

As voting in the first Bangkok gubernatorial election in nine years will take place on May 22nd, Thai PBS hosted a debate on Monday in which five key candidates took…

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No more report on opinion poll results allowed until after Bangkok local elections

Opinion pollsters and the media are barred from disclosing opinion poll results related to Bangkok’s gubernatorial and council elections from now until the actual polls close at 5 pm on…

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Candidates ramp up campaigns a week before Bangkok’s gubernatorial election

With just a week to go before the Bangkok gubernatorial election, the frontrunners have stepped up their visits to people in various communities and markets to solicit their support. Accompanied…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates Chadchart, Suchatvee get most positive traffic on social media

Former Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang, Democrat candidate Suchatvee Suwansawat and former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt are the three Bangkok gubernatorial candidates most mentioned on social media, according to a poll…

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Second candidate disqualified in Bangkok gubernatorial election

A second candidate in the upcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election, Sarawut Benchakul, who ran as an independent, has been disqualified, following his dismissal from a state office over alleged corruption, according…

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A woman checks the Bangkok Follow up website, one of the tools created by King Prajadhipok Institute (KPI) to enhance voters’ involvement in the upcoming poll.

From vote-counts to matchmaking – 4 innovations boosting voter participation in Bangkok election

Excitement is rising as around 4.4 million Bangkok voters prepare to cast their ballots in the first gubernatorial election for almost 10 years. But this time, their participation in the…

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Bangkokians want new governor to prioritise transport, traffic problems

Most people in Bangkok want their new governor to tackle public transport and traffic problems as a priority, while independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt still leads in the latest opinion poll,…

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Floods, pollution and cultural tourism addressed by Bangkok’s gubernatorial candidates

Bangkok gubernatorial election candidates Chadchart Sittipunt and the Democrat Party’s Suchatvee Suwansawat have been proposing solutions to environmental issues faced by the capital, such as flooding and PM2.5 pollution, less than…

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Battle for Bangkok raging online and offline as governor election looms

Battle is heating up both online and offline as Bangkok governor candidates woo voters of all generations ahead of the May 22 election. In the offline realm, candidates are jostling…

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What Gen-X voters want from the next Bangkok governor

There are 871,272 generation X voters, or 19% of the capital’s electorate, who are entitled to vote on May 22nd in the Bangkok gubernatorial election. Thai PBS World spoke with…

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In 1971, Phra Nakhon was merged with Thon Buri province on the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River to form Krungthep Maha Nakhon, now the capital’s official name. (Photo by Waranont (Joe))

5 decades of governor elections that have shaped modern Bangkok

Bangkokians choose their next governor on May 22, the latest episode in 50 years of administration that has shaped the world capital that we know today. Here, Thai PBS World reviews highlights…

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Chadchart to focus on Bangkok’s undecided voters, Aswin to increase fire stations

Independent candidates in Bangkok’s gubernatorial election, Chadchart Sittipunt and former Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang, are ramping up their campaigns, nearly two weeks ahead of the highly anticipated election, with the former…

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Fines imposed on vendors should be used to benefit people – Chadchart

Independent Bangkok gubernatorial candidate Chadchart Sittipunt says the collection of fines from law-breaking street vendors by the City Law Enforcement Department, which amounts to about 100 million baht a year,…

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Young candidates woo voters with fresh ideas in Bangkok council race

Although many candidates for the Bangkok Council election are familiar old faces, fresh talent has also surfaced for voters keen to see what the new generation has to offer. Nitikorn…

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Bangkok race: How pollsters got it all wrong in 2013

Some nine years ago, both popularity and exit polls pointed towards one outcome. The Pheu Thai Party’s city gubernatorial candidate, Pongsapat Pongcharoen, would win comfortably, if not by a landslide,…

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Bangkok gubernatorial election candidates attempt to woo support from street vendors

Democrat candidate Suchatvee Suwansawat has been attempting to woo street vendors with his promise that, if he is elected the governor, the municipal police will be friendlier and will no…

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Gubernatorial candidates woo Bangkok voters with plans to improve health services

Two candidates for Bangkok governor have promised better access to improved health services, in their bid to woo voters, during their campaigning today (Tuesday). Former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, who…

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Your rough guide to the 2022 Bangkok gubernatorial manifestos

As we count down towards the highly-anticipated election of a new Bangkok Governor on May 22nd, which will be the first time in nine years, candidates have been intensifying their…

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Chadchart Sittipunt still leads in latest Bangkok election polls

Independent candidate in the Bangkok gubernatorial election, former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt, is still leading in the latest surveys by Suan Dusit Poll and NIDA Poll. According to the Suan…

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Labour, floods, parks and cables in focus for Bangkok’s gubernatorial candidates

On May Day (Labour Day) today, former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt said that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) should provide services to help improve the lives of workers in Bangkok,…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates float ideas for more public parks and trading spaces

Former Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang has proposed that garbage collection in Bangkok be increased from twice to three or four times a day. On the campaign trail in Bangkok Noi…

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Talks underway to allow COVID-19 voters at Bangkok elections

The Disease Control Department has been consulting with the Election Commission about how to enable voters infected with COVID-19 to cast their ballots in the May 22nd Bangkok gubernatorial and…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates float idea of more public boat transport

Key gubernatorial candidates examined express boat services in the capital today (Thursday) and met with residents, as they proposed policies to improve the livelihoods of people living along the canals,…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates continue to campaign on Wednesday

Three top candidates for Bangkok Governor continued their campaigns in temples and at fresh markets today (Wednesday), ahead of the gubernatorial elections on May 22nd. Independent candidate, Chadchart Sittipunt, along…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates step up their campaigns on Sunday

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….

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Bangkok opens 15 venues for gubernatorial election campaign rallies

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is opening 15 public venues, including parks and sport centres, for candidates running in the forthcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election to stage their election campaign rallies, said…

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Homelessness and women’s safety: Huge problems Bangkok governor hopefuls won’t touch

Bangkok has had as many as 30 gubernatorial candidates, yet none has paid serious attention to its acute problems of domestic violence, women’s safety, and the homeless. Statistics show the…

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No vote but strong opinions: Bangkok expats ponder governor election

Most expatriates in Bangkok have no right to vote in the May 22 gubernatorial election, yet the outcome affects their everyday lives just as much as those of other residents….

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Democrat gubernatorial candidate believes Bangkok voters will not let sex scandal influence voting

A Democrat party candidate in the Bangkok gubernatorial election, Dr. Suchatvee Suwansawat, said today (Saturday) that he believes Bangkok voters will be able separate the sexual harassment accusations, made against…

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Four candidates disqualified in Bangkok governor, city councillor elections

The Bangkok Election Commission has disqualified one Bangkok gubernatorial election candidate and three city councillor candidates after finding that their qualifications do not meet the legal requirements. Permanent Secretary of…

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Campaign winners and losers in the race to become Bangkok governor 

The 31 candidates vying for the Bangkok governor’s post now have less than 50 days to impress the voters. But after examining their policies and campaigns, political observers believe they…

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Bangkok race’s biggest challenge

It normally begins with a “public forum” debate on pedestrians’ and ordinary citizens’ problems, but the city gubernatorial election usually ends up producing the outcome of a national political game….

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Winners and losers in ‘poster war’ for Bangkok governor election

Controversy has erupted over the size – and sheer proliferation – of campaign posters on Bangkok streets, as city governor hopefuls vie for voter attention ahead of the May 22…

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Record-high 31 candidates apply for Bangkok gubernatorial election

A record high of 31 candidates have registered to contest the first Bangkok gubernatorial election in nine years, either on political party tickets or as independents. The five days of…

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Mind the gap: Bangkok’s generational divide shaping governor election

Bangkok’s generation gap is set to play a big role when voters cast their ballots in the first governor election in nine years on May 22.  “We are going to…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates wooing voters with park project

Adding more green areas or public parks to Bangkok is one of the policies being promoted by several candidates in the Bangkok gubernatorial race. Former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, who…

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Twenty candidates register for Bangkok gubernatorial election on first day

Twenty candidates registered their candidacy for the Bangkok gubernatorial election yesterday (Thursday), the first day of the five-day registration period, as a senior city official predicted today that the number…

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Candidates flock to register for Bangkok’s gubernatorial election on Thursday

Candidates in Bangkok gubernatorial election on May 22nd turned up in force, with their supporters, at City Hall 2 in Din Daeng this morning (Thursday), to register their candidacy and…

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Ex-fighter pilot Sita Divari on a mission to become Bangkok’s next governor

Former fighter pilot Sita Divari admits he is not a frontrunner in the May 22 Bangkok governor election, but he has vowed to “fight wholeheartedly without worrying whether I lose…

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Parliamentary panel votes for separate numbers in election ballots

The Joint Senate-House Committee considering the election law voted by 32 to 14 today (Wednesday) in favour of designating different ballot numbers for the constituency candidates and parties in the…

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Why candidate numbering could have a big impact on Thailand’s next general election

Lawmakers amended the Constitution last year to restore the two-ballot system for the next general election — one ballot to vote for constituency MPs and the other to vote for political parties….

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Analysts say Bangkok’s by-election will be a test of rival parties’ popularity with voters ahead of the election for Bangkok governor later this year.

Big preparations underway for Bangkok’s first governor, council elections in many years

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has set aside about 343 million baht for the holding of the Bangkok gubernatorial and city councillor elections on May 22nd, the first such elections…

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Bangkok Governor quits post to join this year’s gubernatorial race

Non-elected Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang officially announced his resignation from the post today (Thursday), in order to contest the May 22nd Bangkok gubernatorial election as an independent candidate. He told…

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Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang faces tough choice – surrender post or fight election

Having served as Bangkok’s governor for six years by special appointment of the junta, Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang is now seriously considering whether to run in the upcoming gubernatorial election….

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Sakoltee Phattiyakul

Sakoltee Phattiyakul: From PDRC whistle-blower to next Bangkok governor?

Sakoltee Phattiyakul has become the fifth well-known figure to announce he will run in the Bangkok governor election, which will be held on May 22. The first city election since…

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Local elections in Bangkok, Pattaya set for May 22

After nine years without a local election in Bangkok, voters will have an opportunity to choose their governor and 50 councillors, representing the city’s 50 districts, on Sunday May 22nd,…

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This general view shows the Bangkok skyline, taken from the King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper in Bangkok on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Your guide to the Bangkok council election and how it will shape city for next 4 years  

For the first time in 12 years, Bangkokians will vote for a new city council, at an election expected in May. While this local election may be overshadowed by the upcoming…

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A ballot box at a polling station for Bangkok governor on March 3, 2013. (Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP)

Bangkok governor election: Candidates, their policies, and the daunting tasks awaiting winner

Bangkok governor elections used to be held once every four years until the 2014 coup saw national and local votes suspended. Now, expectations are rising ahead of the first gubernatorial…

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Skytrain poses challenges to next Bangkok governor

Anticipating challenging decisions ahead, the four candidates running in the election for governor of Bangkok are strongly opposing the extension of concession for the core Skytrain sections of the Green…

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Introducing Wiroj as the party’s Bangkok hopeful, Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat said no other potential candidate had “the party DNA” like him. (Photo by Move Forward Party Facebook page)

Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn: Bangkok governor candidate a bridge to Move Forward govt?

The opposition Move Forward Party has finally come up with a candidate for the Bangkok gubernatorial election expected in the next few months. For many party supporters, Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn is…

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The Democrat candidate has a strong chance according to one “loyalty” scenario.

‘Disruptor’ Suchatvee Suwansawat ready to shine his bright light on Bangkok

After decades of shining bright in Thailand’s engineering and educational sectors, Prof Dr Suchatvee Suwansawat is now ready to kick-start his political career. The academic is preparing to contest in…

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