Bangkok voters go to polls to pick new governor
BANGKOK - Bangkok voters go to the polls today to pick a governor, two years after Thais nationwide gave the Puea Thai party a resounding parliamentary majority in its general election.
The opposition Democrats, whose candidate Sukhumbhand Paribatra is seeking a second four-year term, had pitched the gubernatorial battle as a means to avert a political monopoly by the ruling party.
The capital of Asean’s second largest economy is the only administrative region in Thailand that can elect its own governor. It has been a Democrat stronghold for the past nine years.
Puea Thai put its weight behind a former deputy national police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen. It promised “seamless” coordination between the central and municipal government.