Parties step up membership recruitment campaign
While formal electioneering remains banned, several political parties have stepped up their membership recruitment campaigns which indirectly allow them to meet with their constituents and to introduce their parties.
They have been careful to avoid talking about their platforms which may could land them in troubles for violating the ban on election campaigning.
Palang Pracharat’s acting party leader Uttama Savananaya, who is currently industry minister, and Sontirat Sontijirawong, commerce minister and acting secretary-general, were in Nakhon Pathom on Sunday meeting with members of networks of small and medium-sized enterprises in the farming sector to discuss problems they are facing
Meanwhile, core members of Pheu Thai party were in Chiang Mai, their political stronghold, to set up its second branch office in San Kamphaeng district after the first branch office was opened in the northeastern province of Udon Thani on Saturday. A committee of the branch office in Chiang Mai was also formed.
The party plans to set up two more regional branch offices to meet the legal requirement that each party must have at least one branch office in each region of the country. Without the regional branch offices, the party will not be eligible to contest the next election.
The newly-formed Future Forward party has of late been active in reaching out to the people, especially the young people, in a bid to recruit new members and to set up branch offices.
A caravan of pickup trucks each carrying a big poster inviting people to join the party has been seen cruising on roads in provinces where the party is wooing new memberships.
The Palang Polamuang Thai, meanwhile, held a general assembly at a hotel in Bangkok on Sunday to select the remaining executive committee members.
Party acing leader Samphan Lertnuwat reaffirmed that the party would field female candidates in all 30 constituencies in Bangkok and would contest in all 350 constituencies nationwide.