Bangkok’s gubernatorial candidates intensified their campaigns on Sunday
Candidates for Bangkok governor campaigned in various areas of the capital yesterday (Sunday) in preparation for the May 22 gubernatorial and council electionsndthe first in nine years.
Suchatvee Suwansawat of the Democratic Party, along with former Bangkok governor Apirak Kosayodhin, and city council candidates fought at Suan Luang Rama 9 in Prawet district on Sunday morning, meeting with people who had come to exercise in the public park.
Suchatvee said his policy is to increase green space in Bangkok, which will be divided into three phases. The first would be to improve existing public parks, including building running tracks and exercise equipment.
The second would be the conversion of wasteland and other unused land into “pocket parks”.
The third would be a long-term project to hire professional tree surgeons to care for large trees in the capital, as well as working with private landowners who wish to turn over their unused land to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to turn green spaces.
Sita Tiwari of Thai Sang Thai Party, along with party leader Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, led a campaign at Prachaniwet 1 market in Chatuchak district.
The candidate spoke to vendors and noted that their businesses have not returned to normal as they lack sufficient funds and many of them hope they would receive more support from the government. Sita promised he would use loan funds to help small sellers.
Later, Sita and his team fought at Central Ladprao mall, where veteran Thai actor Yuranunt Pamornmontri, aka “Sam”, also helped campaign for Sita.
Former senator and independent candidate Rosana Tositrakul campaigned Sunday morning at the Srinagarind Railway Night Market or Talad Rot Fai in the Makkasan area to meet locals.
Rosana reiterated her policy of stopping corruption so that the budget can be used effectively for the benefit of the people. She also vowed to listen to people’s needs and solve problems to improve the quality of life and the local economy.
Sakoltee Phattiyakul campaigned in Bangkok’s Noi district and markets in the Thonburi area on Sunday as he vowed to continue his campaign to garner support from undecided voters.
The former Bangkok deputy governor recently fought at several fresh markets across Bangkok, including the Wat Sai Floating Market and Chom Thong Market on Thursday.
He said that if he were elected Bangkok’s new governor, he would raise awareness of local communities’ cultures and enhance such places as tourist attractions to attract foreign travelers.
Move Forward party candidate Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn also campaigned in the Thonburi area, specifically in Bangkok Yai, Thonburi and Khlong San districts to meet residents. He vowed to “reopen” the city to boost the local economy, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visiting the area along Bangkok’s Yai Canal, Wiroj announced that the city’s reopening will help locals safely return to their normal lives.
He pledged to speed up the delivery of 9 million vaccine boosters. He also called for transparent information on whether there is enough medicine and available hospital beds to ensure severe COVID-19 cases can be treated appropriately.
Former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang appeared at Benchasiri Park on Sunday night, where he vowed to solve the ongoing problems facing the people of Bangkok, be it the city’s congested traffic, sidewalks or flooding.
He admitted there are still many issues he was unable to resolve during his time as governor due to “several factors,” but pledged to pick up where he left off if elected.
Former transport minister and top candidate in polls Chadchart Sittipunt also visited several communities in Ram Intra district and Bueng Kum district on Saturday, where he promoted his policy of improving the city for all.
These policies include allowing citizens to set a budget, both for the county office and the BMA, and giving citizens the power to decide what needs to be fixed in order for the projects to go ahead.